Wondrous Tales Of Old Japan, written and directed by David Furumoto, with music by Kenny Endo, will be presented by Mark Taper Forum's P.L.A.Y. (Performing for Los Angeles Youth) project, touring southern California schools Feb. 12-March 24. In addition, several performances are scheduled that will be open and free to the general public.
The musical takes the audience on an adventure to the world of Japanese folktales where ogres, heroes and witches come to life. Performed in Kabuki style, and featuring the dramatic sounds of live talk drumming, the play follows three tales that have been told for centuries in Japan. These feature the kind, young fisherman who falls in love with the Dragon King's beautiful daughter; the demonic Snow Woman, who exacts a terrible revenge at a promise broken; and Peach Boy, Dog, Monkey and Pheasant, who travel to Ogre Island and defeat the evil forces encountered there.
The cast includes Karole Foreman, Yuria Kim, Ova Saopeng, Vivian Seki, Shaun Shimoda, Michael Tolfo and Bryan Yamani.
The school tour includes performances in various local schools. For further information about the public performances or school performances call (213) 972-7589.
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent