Yukio Mishima’s “Modern Noh Play” brought into the 21st Century by SITI Company


The story of Hanjo, which began in an ancient Han Dynasty poem, went on to inspire a classic Noh play in 14th Century Japan, which in turn inspired a 20th Century play in “Modern” Japan, finds life in SITI Company’s meditation on desire, identity, illusion and ultimately the nature of theater itself.


Creative Team

Akiko Aizawa Actor
Gian-Murry GianinoActor
Stephen Duff WebberActor
Christian FredericksonMusician
Sound Design & Original Composition
Leon IngulsrudDirector
English Translation
Brian H. ScottScenic & Lighting Design
Mariko Ohigashi Costume Design
Wendell BeaversChoreography
Valentine MonfeugaSound Engineer
Ellen MezzeraProduction Stage Mansger
Michelle PrestonExecutive Producer
Yukio MishimaJapanese Text


October 6, 2017 The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College Purchase, NY


Notes About Process

In the autumn of 2017, director and translator Leon Ingulsrud wrote three “Hanjo: A Director’s Diary” blog entries about the creation of Hanjo: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.


Production History

Japan Society

New York, NY, December 2017