"The question of the play—to stay young forever or to grow old as nature dictates—gives the child a great deal to think about, but unlike Peter Pan and Rip Van Winkle which also address this problem, Urashima Taro gives an answer that is devoid of regret and neurosis, an answer that is an affirmation of human life."
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code H27000
- Cast Size 11
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 55 min
- Target Audience Family (all ages)
- Performing Group Middle School | High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre
- Genre Drama
- ISBN(13) 9780871299284
- "This play begs to be performed in the Kabuki style. The new script has great suggestions for production in the back. Very Japanese themes of honor, duty and family run throughout the script. Love the expandable cast!"
- Review by Kate Olena, Nichols Middle School, Buffalo, N.Y.
- "This is a wonderful piece to do with a large group of students. We used it as an in-class production, and it's great the way the cast can be expanded and/or doubled as needed. The students made their costumes and sets and had a blast!"
- Review by Nikki Attwood, Bailey Middle School, Austin, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "We chose to attire the sea creature chorus in hakama (pants) and kataginu (vests) instead of trying to suggest actual creatures. Only the turtle had an animal characteristic (his shell). This allowed the chorus to be "water" or any other thing needed."
- Tip by Andrea Croskery, Smiles and Frowns Playhouse, Greenville, N.C.
- "Blacklights are a creative way to do the underwater part of the show."
- Tip by Lindsey Ervi, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Leander, Texas