Lincoln Center Festival premieres ‘Temple of the Golden Pavilion’

J-pop singer Go Morita stars in director Amon Miyamoto's stage adaptation of 'The Temple of the Golden Pavilion' for the Lincoln Center Festival July 21-24. Credits: Miow Hirota

By Justin Tedaldi (JETAANY) for NY Japanese Culture Examiner

On Thursday (July 21), this year’s edition of the Lincoln Center Festival will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of director Amon Miyamoto’s The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, based on Kinkakuji, the celebrated 1956 novel byJapan’s storied 20th century writer Yukio Mishima.

With a script co-written by Miyamoto and playwright Chihiro Ito, the play will run through July 24 at ColumbusCenter’s elegant RoseTheater.The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is a stunning tale of the power of beauty and its corruption of the mind of a young monk, Mizoguchi, who becomes obsessed with beauty’s destruction. This groundbreaking work paints an intensely personal picture ofJapan in the crucible of the Second World War.

A native of Tokyoand the artistic director of the new Kanagawa Arts Theatre in Yokohama, Miyamoto hosted a special lecture last month at New York’s Japan Society. He made his Lincoln Center Festivaldebut in 2002 with a memorable production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures at Avery Fisher Hall, which moved on to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a Broadway revival from 2004 to 2005.

Presented in Japanese with English supertitles, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion stars Go Morita of the Japanese boy band V6, helming his first American stage appearance. Sousuke Takaoka and Shunsuke Daito, both rising young stars of film and television inJapan, round out the seventeen-member cast.

The Templeof the Golden Pavilion runs at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway and 60th Street, from July 21–23 at 8 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30-$85. For more information, visit www.lincolncenterfestival.org/index.php/lcf-2011-temple-of-the-golden-pavilion.