Kabuki Screening in San Mateo – 6/5

The San Mateo Kabuki Club (Kabuki Kai) is screening a video of the classic Kabuki play Kagamiyama Kokyo no Nishiki-e (Part 2) (synopsis). Don't worry if you haven't seen Part 1; a synopsis will be provided and it will be easy to catch up. It is the "ultimate play about rivalry and revenge in the women's quarters of a samurai mansion." Interestingly, it's nicknamed Onna Chûshingura, the "Women's Chûshingura." According to Yoko, "it's a classic Jidaimono (historical drama) with great actors and performances." I saw Part 1, and it was awesome!

The screening is on Sunday, June 5 at 1:30pm at the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center, 415 S. Claremont St., San Mateo, CA (near the San Mateo Caltrain station). The video will be shown in Japanese, with an introduction and synopsis provided in English. For more information, please contact Mika (650) 341-6849 (Japanese) or Yoko (650) 341-5872 (English).

The San Mateo Kabuki Kai is unique in the U.S. (and perhaps the world) in its sheer dedication to Kabuki, having screened a Kabuki video once a month for the past 12+ years. I can also say their members are all wonderful people. The group screens a Kabuki performance the first Sunday of every month at 1:30pm at the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center. To receive announcements of upcoming screenings, subscribe to the Kabuki mailing list at www.jetaanc.org/kabuki