Kabuki on Film: “Fortune at Shibahama” – San Mateo, 12/4

The San Mateo Kabuki Club (Kabuki Kai) is screening the Kabuki play, “Fortune at Shibahama” (Shibahama no Kawazaifu‘)

this Sunday, December 4, at 1:30pm. The play is based on a human-interest story created by rakugo raconteur, Sanyutei Encho. (synopsis) Yoko of San Mateo Kabuki Kai and I saw the rakugo version performed by Yanagiya Sankyo this past summer at Mills College. I was amazed at Sankyo’s skill in acting out the parts of both the wife and the fishmonger in a very believable and moving way. The story itself is very moving.


The video will be shown in Japanese, with an introduction and synopsis provided in English. Location is the San Mateo Japanese American Community Center, 415 S. Claremont Street, San Mateo, CA (near the San Mateo Caltrain station). 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 over a decade. 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 http://www.jetaanc.org/kabuki 

**Please note that due to New Year’s Day, the January screening will be on Monday, January 2, 2012.