At turns poignant and hilarious, like the classic Noh plays which inspired it, This Lingering Life looks at the human condition through the Buddhist concept of Karma and explores deep human desires and attachments. Taking place in the present time in someplace like the U.S.—except when it happens elsewhere or in an ancient era—This Lingering Life follows the journeys of a woman with tragic hair, feudal warriors, a mother whose son was kidnapped, a blind beggar, dead lovers, an old man in love with a teenager, a boy whose father is an arrow, and other sentient beings as they seek answers to Life’s biggest questions.
What people are saying about it:
“This Lingering Life is a complex, yet seamless, weaving-together of nine Noh storylines… If you’re curious to see something different on stage, written by someone who truly wants to experiment with form, and who is intelligent and witty about it, go and see This Lingering Life.”—Huffington Post
“Chiori Miyagawa has taken the plot-lines of nine Noh plays and woven them togetherinto a longchain…Miyagawa’s play is clever, stylish, and often funny.”—The New Yorker
“It is refreshing to see a show that challenges mainstream naturalistic Western theatre in a playful, witty and meaningful way, exposing our lingering sense of global inter-connection.”—nythaternow.com
“Not interested in moving backwards in time to write her own Noh play, she brings us in “This Lingering Life” a compilation of Noh characters and situations that is at once very funny, profound, troubling, contemporary and goodentertainment.”—New York Theater Wire
Dan Bacalzo’s Asian American Performance Site:
Chiori Miyagawa talks about This Lingering Life
The New York Times fall season announcement
Read about the NYC production of This Lingering Life on BroadwayWorld.com
Read about Varieties of influence or what is this thing called Noh, Chiori Miyagawa’s work in the context of the renowned twentieth-century writer Yukio Mishima’s Modern Noh Pays, along with other contemporary works influenced by Noh Theater on On the Bridgeway
Previous incarnation of This Lingering Life in San Francisco
“Ghostly Profound: A Thing of Unknowable Depth” by Chiori Miyagawa, part of the HowlRound “Yugen” series about the San Francisco Production.
San Francisco Weekly
“Spicing It Up”
Photos of San Francisco Production
This Lingering Life at Z Space, June 2014, directed by Jubilith Moore
New York production photos by Nastassia Jimenez
San Francisco production photos by Charline Formenty and Hap Tivey, backstage photo by Sean Moynihan
This play was supported by a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University and developed at Lark Play Development Center’s Playground Program and New Dramatists’ Creativity Fund Workshop.