Originally premiering in 1993, this adaptation, written by Theatre of Yugen founder Yuriko Doi, utilizes the traditional Japanese theatre forms of noh, kyōgen, kabuki, and the avant garde dance form butoh to retell the Dickens classic.
Theatre of Yugen is elated to be bringing this thoughtful, intricate, magical play back to the stage to start its 39th season, centered on community and interconnectivity. At its core, “A Christmas Carol” is not just about one man remembering the joy of one day of the year, but as he proclaims, “I will hold Christmas in my heart throughout the year!”
His lesson is that we must always care for one another, always value our human connections beyond the trappings of the world. Salvation is found by accepting one’s place in the human race; community must be embraced to escape eternally wandering the Earth as a hungry ghost.
Opening night on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. includes an invitation to a post-show reception. Tickets are $30, $60 and $70.
Showtimes: Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., Dec. 8-9 at 7 p.m., Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., Dec. 15-16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 17 at 4 p.m., Dec. 22-23 at 7 p.m., Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20, $40 and $50.