Hakama for Two ( FUTARI BAKAMA)

It’s easy to imagine how nervous a young groom must be when meeting his future Father-in-law. A first impression can make or break a marriage before it even begins. And in Hakama for Two a young man’s first impression hangs on the verge of utter disaster. Unable to face a meeting with his Father-in-law alone, the Groom insists that his own Father come along for support. When the Groom is inside paying his respects, the Father is seen waiting outside the gate, and the Father-in-law insists that both gentlemen join him inside for an auspicious toast to the new couple. The only problem is that the two men have only one pair of formal dress pants (Hakama) between them, so cleverly figure out a way to share them. Hakama for Two is a classic bit of slapstick with Father and Son literally flying by the seat of their pants in this timeless tale of fast-talk and quick-changes.

The Six Jizô Statues (ROKU JIZÔ)

A pious Country Man journeys to the big city to buy six holy statues for his local temple, but as he arrives  realizes he doesn’t know where to find a sculptor—or even what one looks like!  As he walks through the streets shouting for an artist-for-hire, a crafty Trickster overhears and decides to cheat him out of his money. Enticing the Country Man with claims that he can build the statues by the following day, a deal is struck and the Trickster goes off to enlist the help of two friends to pose as statues in a hilarious scam too crazy to succeed!

Three Pillars (SANBONBASHIRA)

If you’re the kind of person that loves the challenge of a good riddle, Three Pillars is your kind of play. A Wealthy Man sends his three loyal servants up the mountain to find three wooden pillars that will support the roof of their master’s great treasure house. The one stipulation is that each servant must carry two pillars! It’s not until well into their journey that they realize that with only three servants and three poles, their master’s wishes just may demand the impossible.  Come along on this medieval road trip of teamwork, ingenuity, and brain teasing fun!

A Measure of Courage  (CHIGIRIKI)

A gracious host has a poetry party for several of his artistic friends. Fearing a disruption in their creative flow, the group decides NOT to invite the untalented and boisterous Tarô. As fate would have it, Tarô hears about the party and shows up unannounced. True to their expectations, Tarô proves to be a nuisance, getting himself thrown out and beaten up. When his wife discovers him beaten, she badgers him into setting off on a mission of revenge. The drama quickly turns to farce as one by one Tarô finds his enemies “not at home,” becoming increasingly brave with each absence.