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This Lingering Life

Cake Productions is pleased to present the New York premiere of Chiori Miyagawa’s This Lingering Life.
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145 Sixth Avenue, NYC
September 12 – October 4, 2014
Produced by Cake Productions

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 Examiner
‘This Lingering Life’ takes inspiration from noh
Worlds thrillingly collide in Theatre of Yugen’s ‘This Lingering Life’

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.