The Love of Izayoi & Seishin: A Kabuki Play by Kawatake Mokuami
Kawatake Mokuami (Author) and Frank T. Motofuji (Translator)
Page count: 172 pages
File size: 5.9 MB
This dramatic and absorbing play tells the story of the courtesan Izayoi and the priest Seishin; classic lovers who are doomed to suffer the tragic consequences of their passion.
As a representative example of Japanese playwriting of the 19th century ‘The Love of Izayoi and Seishin’ is a superlative example of the turbulence and dramatic incident that are the major conventions of Kabuki.
The intricate plot involves murder, attempted suicide, hari-kiri, theft, and the usual stunning Kabuki denouement. This specific feature is one of the intriguing aspects of Kabuki drama, and continually keeps the stage alive with action and violence.
Complete with stage directions and complementary instructions, this play can be read with pleasure for its own sake, or as a gripping Kabuki narrative for all enthusiasts of the theatre.