First Advisor

Laurence Kominz

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Theater Arts and University Honors


Theater Arts


Kyōgen -- Criticism and interpretation, Kyōgen -- History, Kyōgen -- United States




Can an art form that is many hundreds of years old and from a country on the other side of the world effectively entertain an modern American audience? And if it can, need it lose any of the elements that are key to its form and cultural importance to do so? This is a question many have asked when discussing multicultural theater. In this project I have attempted to bridge the gap between ancient Japan and the modern United States by writing, directing, and producing an original kyogen play. Developed in the thirteenth century, kyogens are short comedic plays similar to comedia del arte. After studying many kyogen scripts, and watching countless hours of kyogens being performed, I have attempted to create an original work that both keeps the spirit and form of the orginal medium intact, but also will speak to and engage its target American audience.


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