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Shakespeare Meets Kabuki: Scene Introduction



Shozo Sato has created “American Kabuki” in an effort to help Americans understand and appreciate this art form. In this segment, he explains how he adapts well-known Western classics, such as a Shakespearean or Greek tragedy. He also introduces the scene from Macbeth that two actors will perform in the next excerpt.

Suggested Uses:

  • Identify and analyze elements of production and performance.
  • Introduce characteristics of Kabuki theater for students to identify and analyze, focusing on how diverse cultures, periods, and styles affect drama or how Kabuki is a reflection of Japanese culture and tradition.
  • Compare/contrast Kabuki theater to Western theater.

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See the Kabuki in the Classroom guide in the Drama Arts Toolkit binder.


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