ByÂ Justin TedaldiÂ (JETAANY) forÂ NY Japanese Culture Examiner
On Thursday (July 21), this yearâ€™s edition of theÂ Lincoln Center FestivalÂ will present the U.S. theatrical premiere of directorÂ Amon Miyamotoâ€™sÂ The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, based onÂ Kinkakuji, the celebrated 1956 novel byJapanâ€™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 ColumbusCenterâ€™s elegant RoseTheater.The Temple of the Golden PavilionÂ is a stunning tale of the power of beauty and its corruption of the mind of a young monk, Mizoguchi, who becomes obsessed with beautyâ€™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 aÂ special lectureÂ last month at New Yorkâ€™sÂ Japan Society. He made his Lincoln Center Festivaldebut in 2002 with a memorable production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidmanâ€™sÂ Pacific OverturesÂ 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,Â The Temple of the Golden PavilionÂ 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 PavilionÂ runs at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway and 60th Street, from July 21â€“23 at 8 p.m. and July 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30-$85. For more information, visitÂ www.lincolncenterfestival.org/index.php/lcf-2011-temple-of-the-golden-pavilion.