I’m taking my Elizabethan Shakespeare students (E. 3140) to the Brooklyn Academy of Music next week to see a play with a strange relationship to Elizabethan England. Akira Kurosawa, the great post-war Japanese film-maker, made the film “Throne of Blood” in 1957, by transposing Shakespeare’s plot to medieval Japan. It’s a brilliant, stark, beautiful , haunting film, supposedly a favorite of T. S. Eliot’s.
The stage play we’ll see next week has a more recent history: it’s based on the film, not directly on Shakespeare’s play, and debuted last summer at the Oregon Shakespeare festival in Ashland (which is a great West-Coast Shakespeare festival). It’s traveling to Brooklyn for next weekend only.
If anyone wants to join us, let me know & I’ll see if I have an extra ticket. Or I think there are some seats still available!