2 Mar 2020 : 19.30
Ryuzanji Company Asian Tour Project 2020
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan through the Japan Arts Council
Title：YUI SHOSETSU (Rebel Samurai)
Date: 2 March 2020
Duration: 100 mins
Venue: Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts
Ticket Price: Regular 800 THB / Student with ID 400 THB
This show is performed in Japanese with Thai surtitle.
Directed by RYUZANJI Show
Written by KARA Juro
Music Composed by SUWA Sou
ITO Hiroko, IMURA Takao, UEDA Kazuhiro, TANI Munekazu, IWAO, KOZU Takuhei, SATOMI Kazuhiko, HIRANO Naomi, YAMASHITA Naoya, YAMAMARU Rina, HOSHI Misaki, HARU Haruka, AKANE Momoka, V. GINTA, RYUZANJI Show
Ryuzanji Show is the artistic director of Ryuzanji Company and was one of the young people fascinated by Juro Kara. He made his debut as an actor with this play after becoming a member of the Red Tent Theatre Company. He is now producing this energetic performance of Yui Shosetsu for his 2020 world tour in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the foundation of Ryuzanji Company.
As an outlaw hero, YuiShosetsu is a sort of Godot. But the play doesn’t end with simply waiting. In this play, the people waiting take action to make him arrive, and enshrined in this work is the power of the age in which the waiting people would try to summon the absent person. It is a transformation from“waiting theatre”to“summoning theatre.”Godot won’t come no matter how long you wait, but in this show, the light of freedom flashes upon the world.
The era is Edo (1603 – 1868). The scene is the bank of a wide river.
To the south, a rebellion has been suppressed, and as a result, not a single blade of grass remains. Just one person returns from the south alive, the samurai Hanbei who comes looking for Yui Shosetsu. He finds someone who looks similar and tries his luck, but the person who meets him is not a samurai, but a swordmaster, Jubei,who has gotten lost in pursuit of the truth of the sword.
The next person to come to the riverbank is Marubashi Chuya, a spearmaster, but he just sings and is very weak. (In fact, he is only pretending to be an idiot as he waits for the revolution.) Then, the dashing Yui Shosetsu appears from the south and laments the misery of the south. However, an old woman who is Shosetsu’s mother shouts out that this man is an imposter. Before the angry Shosetsu stands a man with a mysterious mask.
Who is this, who appeared in front of the samurai waiting for their hero, Yui Shosetsu? Are there any heroes? No? Will he come? No? If there are no heroes, how will you live?