One of the most captivating experiences that theater can offer is watching the deliberate progress of the shite—the main character, often a ghostalong the bridgeway toward the Noh stage.  From the first glimpse, one can begin to predict the experience ahead from what one observes of the actor’s carriage, mask, and costume.  Incantatory calls, flute, and drums usher a being from another world into ours.  Finally, the shite arrives on stage and is fully revealed.  The encounter begins.

This blog was created to provide dramaturgical support to actors, artistic collaborators, and audience members of the Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco.  However, it has come to draw most of its readership from outside that sphere.  How heartening to know that there are people on most continents interested in approaches to Noh from the West!

All content on this blog, since its inception in 2011, has been authored by Edith Reisner Newton.  The Theatre of Yugen does not fund or host On the Bridgeway, and all opinions or interpretations advanced here are those of the author.


2 Responses to About

  1. Madeleine Jalil Umewaka says:

    Dear Edith Reisner,

    I just discovered your blog by chance.

    I wanted to tell you that I did enjoyed reading your nice description about your involvement in Noh and all the interesting well documented collaboration done.

    I am married to Naohiko Umewaka a Noh actor, choreographer, playwright who wrote some modern plays with elements of Noh and directed then in different countries.

    I am the only foreigner belonging to the Umewaka family, and as I love Noh I have been trying to promote it in Japan and abroad.

    I noticed that your last blog was done in 2014.

    All the best,

    Madeleine Jalil Umewaka

  2. I agree, great to read important aspects of Noh.
    How do I get in contact with you?

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