The Old Man and the Sea
“The Old Man and the Sea” adapts well to the world of Noh. As a fusion piece, the production presents unhurried musical rhythms, chanting, controlled choreography, masks, shadows and puppetry. Noh works well with Hemingway’s simple tale, which is recounted sparingly in distilled prose and is rich in symbolism and allegory.
Using the theatrical elements and techniques of Noh theater, Jubilith Moore stylizes “The Old Man and the Sea.” Props such as puppetry, costumes and masks play an important part. The set is sparse and has pieces uniquely fashioned from glass, designed by Kana Tanaka.
The Theatre of Yugen was founded in 1978 by Yuriko Doi to bring classical Japanese theater to American audiences. Based on Japanese Noh drama and Kyogen comedy, the Yugen ensemble crafts highly stylized productions from dramatic and literary classics. Spark goes backstage for their adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.”