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About RAKUGO

With a minimal set, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in a kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, as he entertains the audience with the 400-year-old Japanese tradition of comic storytelling.

Sunshine is the first ever Western Rakugo storyteller in the history of the “Kamigata” Rakugo tradition, based in Osaka, and only the second ever in the history of Japan.

DIFFERENT STORIES EACH MONTH!

DECEMBER

Holiday Rakugo For The Whole Family!

JANUARY

Adult Rakugo - Leave The Kids At Home!

(The Seedier Side Of Rakugo Stories

Affairs, Gambling And Drinking!)

The Tradition

Rakugo is a 400-year-old tradition of comic storytelling in Japan. A minimalistic performance art, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, who, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by a traditional story where the storyteller performs several characters.

The Monologue

Every Rakugo story is preceded by a comic monologue which consists of the individual storyteller’s own“material”, much like stand-up comedy. The storyteller often takes advantage of this monologue to present humorous explanations of how to enjoy and appreciate Rakugo stories, so that even the uninitiated can easily follow the story once it begins.

Run Time

75min (no intermission)

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Age

May be inappropriate for 8 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

New World Stages

340 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

Extended Performance Window

Available Through 1/4

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