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The Artistic Director of the SePT presents a new work of modern theater that builds on the foundation of classical noh and kyogen theatre
Ikue Osada and Misaki Setoyama team up to portray the nature of happiness for people living in these modern times

The Contemporary Noh Theatre series is planned and supervised by SePT Artistic Director and kyogen performer Mansai Nomura. This series came into being as a result of Nomura’s desire to take the wisdom and refinement of the classics and apply them to creation of modern theater. This is in accordance with the three pillars of Nomura’s vision as SePT’s artistic director: “community, contemporaneity, and universality,” “a fusion of traditional and modern theater,” and “creating a repertory.”

Since 2003, preeminent playwrights and directors that represent the best of modern Japanese theater have created new work for this series, including Takeshi Kawamura, Tatsuo Kaneshita, Akio Miyazawa, Hideki Noda, Yutaka Kuramochi, Tomohiro Maekawa, and Nozomi Makino. These creators have established a new type of Contemporary Noh Theatre by writing new works that draw their ideas from the stories of Noh theater and at times drawing inspiration from Noh directing methods.

For the momentous 10th installment in this series, up and coming playwright/director Misaki Setoyama, who has won one award after another in recent years, and the truly one of a kind playwright of astonishing skill Ikue Osada collaborate to create a work of modern theater that is made for all us who are living through this modern era.

Six performers will perform different roles in adaptations of the Noh classics Dojoji and Sumidagawa, and each adaptation will present its own unique theory of happiness.

In Dojoji, a happy family composed of a mother, a father, and their son pursue happiness to extreme ends, with tragic results.

In Sumidagawa, three different generations of women have a fateful encounter in a piece of theatre that tells the tale of something that just might really be happening in the hidden corners of society.

What is happiness for the people who live in our modern era?
Don’t miss the chance to experience this performance live at SePT!

Cast & Creative

Written by Ikue Osada 
Written & Directed by Misaki Setoyama 
Concept by Mansai Nomura

Jun Sena, Hiroki Aiba, Kurumi Shimizu, 
Mayumi Myosei, Kazuya Takahashi, Machiko Washio






◎= Post-performance talk will be held.※Holders of tickets for the performance may attend.

△=Cameras will be installed in the audience area for recording purposes.

Audience Support

Childcare Service

A childcare service is normally available for performances staged at Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram for which advance tickets are sold.

Charge: ¥2,200 per child
Eligibility: Children aged over 6 months and up to 9 years of age
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1526 Setagaya Public Theatre
You may reserve childcare services up to noon of the day 3 days before the desired reservation time, but when the number of children registered reaches capacity, applications will closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, please consult with the theatre regarding children with special needs.
Subcontractor: Kids’ Room Tinker bell Sancha

Wheelchair Spaces

Both Setagaya Public Theatre and Theatre Tram are equipped with wheelchair spaces to allow visitors to watch performances from their wheelchairs. However, as capacity is limited, use of wheelchair spaces is by reservation only.

Charge: 10% discount on the corresponding area ticket charge (plus up to one attendant free of charge)
Applications: Tel. 03-5432-1515 Theatre Ticket Centre

Wheelchair spaces may be reserved up to 19:00 on the day before the desired date, but when the number of reservations reaches capacity, applications will be closed. So please make your reservation well in advance. Also, for wheelchair users who prefer to watch the performance from a regular seat, the theatre will smoothly guide them too and from their seat. Please contact the theatre in advance to take advantage of this service.