Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo has extended its run in Off-Broadway's New World Stages has extended through the end of 2023.
Performed by recognized Rakugo master Katsura Sunshine, the show spotlights the 400-year-old Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling. Featuring a lone storyteller dressed in a kimono and kneeling on a cushion, the genre features only two props—a fan and a hand towel—to embellish comic monologue and traditional stories.
Raised in Toronto, Sunshine is the only Western master and has performed the show internationally. Becoming a Rakugo master requires four years of apprenticeship under a Rakugo master who will give the apprentice a stage name. The storyteller also continues his West End residency at Leicester Square Theatre.
The production features set design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams and lighting design by Ayumu Poe Saegusa. It is presented by Steven Honigman and Joe Trentacosta in association with Yumi Shinozaki and The Yoshimoto Creative Agency of Japan. The company manager is Marie Fukuda with general management by LDK Productions/Lisa Dozier King.