KLM at Brownwood, Texas

Barbara Robertson as Kabuki Lady Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

SHOZO SATO, director, in company ceremony at Illinos State U with Karen Sunde looking on.

Emilia and Iago in KABUKI OTHELLO at Illinois State University

KABUKI-WEST

“Dazzling” “Haiku-like” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"Essence of passion" PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Kabuki versions of classic stories in which –

...ghostly spinners of fate, with KABUKI MACBETH’s severed heads, hanging sword and resounding temple bell recount humans metamorphosing to demons

...while KABUKI RICHARD III presents him as Shiva, the god dancing creation and destruction, and exposes a hidden family drama to make the Borgias blush

...and ACHILLES’ war-prize concubine relates his rage, his sea goddess mother enchants, he dances his fight with a corpse-choked river, his race before mangling great Hector of Troy, to finally find peace in his enemy's embrace.

These plays were originally created for professional American actors working in a Japanese tradition, directed by SHOZO SATO, a master of Zen arts awarded the “Order of the Sacred Treasure” by the Emperor of Japan.

Since then, other college, high school, even grade school students have taken exuberant delight (with their audiences) in creating their own productions of Kabuki plays.

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY...

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Dazzling” “Haiku-like”

OAKLAND TRIBUNE
“best of two worlds, fascinating”

L.A. DAILY NEWS
“resounds with Kabuki’s passion, fascination...in Sunde's adaptation, Zen philosophy is engrained into story, not imposed”

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
“Essence of passion. Sunde's play compresses Homeric epic, is lucid and direct, makes you see and hear with awakened eyes and ears."

PRODUCTION HISTORY

KABUKI MACBETH was commissioned by John Housman's The Actor's Company, New York, and toured the United States.

ACHILLES was commissioned by People's Light & Theatre, Malvern, PA, opened at an ancient Greek Amphitheater in Kourian, Cyprus, played Festival in Philadelphia, toured Cyprus, Hungary, and Japan.

KABUKI RICHARD III was commissioned by Actor's Theatre of Louisville.

KABUKI OTHELLO and KABUKI LADY MACBETH, not included here, are available from Dramatic Publishing Company.


Shiva dancing, who KABUKI RICHARD III resembles.

“...fine Elizabethan juggle of intrigue, betrayal, passion... seethes sexuality... riveting.”
--VARIETY
“One of the most powerful antiwar plays ever penned.”
--Plays International, London
Gold Prize winner, Hollywood Screenplay Contest; "Dazzling" New York Screenplay Contest. U.S. Marine abduction.
Caught 'tween 2 wars. Ben Franklin’s last night where he longed to stay – the salon of Madame Helvetius - conjures war with his bastard son.
Lost treasure, sea adventure, intense love triangle. "I love it!" Consultant to James Cameron.
"delicious... delightfully grand." TIME OUT Outer Critics Circle, VOICE CHOICE
Dramedy. Televangelist's wife teams with hooker to sell sperm. Bill Boyle Coverage: "very talented writer... exceptional"
America's first heroine outfoxes all the guys until they thank her. A finalist at Sundance.
Plays and trilogy collections. Many FREE downloads:
Washington ignites Continental Army.
3 plays: Achilles, Kabuki Macbeth, Kabuki King Richard
Haiti: A Dream (WNYC, NPR) , The Sound of Sand, How His Bride Came to Abraham
Stand-up comic meets Joan of Arc - 'banned in Philadelphia"
Three plays:Please God No Wedding Or Shooting At The End!, Anton Himself, Masha, Too
Three plays :Tracking Blood White, Native Land, Sweet Land of Fire.
three plays ripped from headlines
"Americana with the spirit of a musical!" - at Edinburgh Festival
"haiku-like clarity…hypnotically beautiful, emotionally dizzying." —Chicago Sun-Times
“Unforgettable... You wish it would stop, but know you’d feel robbed if it did.” NEW YORK TIMES E-book available Free
"primal emotions... dazzling... beautifully distilled script" Chicago Sun-Times