Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo

Name: New World Stages/ Stage II
Address: 340 W 50th Street, New York, NY 10019
Production Information
First performance date: September 19, 2019
Opening date: September 28, 2019
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller who, dressed in a kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by traditional stories. In order to become a recognized professional Rakugo storyteller, one must apprentice to a Rakugo Master, from whom one receives a stage name, for up to four years. Throughout one’s career, one is only allowed to perform a given story once permission to do that story has been granted by a master storyteller. Born in Toronto, Sunshine is the only Western master in the world. He has toured his show throughout the world including in London, Japan, and Edinburgh.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Steven Honigman Presenter
Joe Trentacosta Presenter
Yumi Shinozaki Produced in Association
The Yoshimoto Creative Agency of Japan Produced in Association
Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams Set Designer
Ayumu Poe Saegusa Lighting Designer
Hidenori Nakajo Sound Designer
LDK Productions General Manager
Marie Fukuda Company Manager
Ayumu Poe Saegusa Production Manager

Actor Role
Katsura Sunshine Performer
Performances were suspended March 12, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the production reopened on March 10, 2022.