Willamette University

Kabuki

Photos and text by Frank Miller

Yukio Mishima’s 1953 play The Sardine Seller’s Net of Love was performed by the Willamette theatre department last spring. This was the first English language performance of the piece, for which guest director Laurence Kominz used his own translation. The story is a light hearted satire following a lowly fishmonger as he seeks the affections of the most beautiful courtesan in Kyoto. To recreate the feeling of a Japanese kabuki play, an elaborate set was constructed, costumes designed and authentic kabuki makeup was brought from Japan. As the theatre building has been under renovation, the play was performed in a nearby area converted into a temporary theatre. The theatre building will be reopening Sep. 30 with a preview of Aquitania, which will run Oct. 1–16.