Online “Rakugo Night 4” by Ken Saito
Featuring “Shiba-hama” (Shiba beach)
Monday, December 21, 2020
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM, EST
Japan-born actor Ken Saito brought his first solo English Rakugo stage at the Actors Theater Workshop in Manhattan, New York, in March 2018. The December 21, 2020 stage will be Saito’s fourth Rakugo Night and his first online performance.
Born and raised in Sendai, Japan, he decided to became an actor since his childhood. But his intuition told him to learn foreign languages before starting actor’s career. In his early 20’s, he learned Korean language in Seoul, Korea, for two years, and studied English at Vancouver, Canada, for three years.
After that, in his mid 20’s, he joined one of major theater companies in Tokyo as actor apprentice. He started building up his career as an actor by learning essential acting methods and playing multiple roles for plays that the company produced.
After five years in Tokyo, Saito decided to enter the Herbert Berghof Studio, professional acting school in Manhattan, New York.
When he finished his two years program at HB Studio, he was given one year stay permission by OPT program. Unlike most actors who were looking for auditions, he started to train himself to become English Rakugo performer under the direction of Jim Boerlin, renown faculty in HB Studio.
The Actors Theater Workshop in March 2018 was his first Rakugo stage. Since then, Saito hold solo Rakugo performances and presented his performances at weddings, birthday parties, and many special occasions.
Rakugo is a form of Japanese verbal entertainment originated a few hundred years ago. The lone storyteller sits on stage, using only a paper fan and a small handkerchief as props, and without standing up from sitting position, the rakugo artist depicts a long and complicated comical or sentimental story.
The story always involves the dialogue of two or more characters. The difference between the characters depicted only through change in pitch, tone, and a slight turn of the head.
The Story of “Shiba-hama” (Shiba beach)
This is one of the most comical and sweetest Rakugo stories and always considered as one of the bests of all time. “Shiba-hama” tells a beautiful story about a marriage couple lived in Edo period, about their struggle and love. And the story happens at year-end so it’s a perfect timing to perform and deliver it to people in this season.
Trailer (YouTube) https://youtu.be/_LbwcuSZlIA
Donation: This online event is based on donation, so basically it’s free. But registration is required at https://rakugonight4.eventbrite.com
YouTube Live will start on Monday, Dec. 21 at 8:00PM, EST
The URL of the event page will be sent to your email address after your registrations. For more information, contact Ken Saito via firstname.lastname@example.org