Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Emanuela Barilla Presents The United States Premiere Of Yasushi Inoue's THE HUNTING GUN

Performances run March 16 - April 15, 2023.

Emanuela Barilla Presents The United States Premiere Of Yasushi Inoue's THE HUNTING GUN

Emanuela Barilla presents the U.S. premiere of Yasushi Inoue's The Hunting Gun from March 16 - April 15, 2023 (Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm) at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater, 450 W. 37th Street, NYC. Adapted for the stage by Serge Lamothe and directed by François Girard, The Hunting Gun is a two-hander starring Miki Nakatani as Shoko, Midori, and Saiko and Mikhail Baryshnikov as Josuke Misugi. Tickets are $35, $70, $100 & $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2211914®id=174&articlelink=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thehuntinggun.org%2F?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1.

Three letters.

One tragedy.

Josuke Misugi receives three letters from different women: his wife, his mistress and her daughter. The first is from young Shoko, who just discovered her mother's affair through the reading of her diary. The second is from his wife Midori, revealing she's known about the infidelity from the start. And the third is a farewell from Saiko, his lover of thirteen years: "By the time you read this, I will no longer be among the living."

Weaving these three viewpoints with consummate skill, one of Japan's most celebrated authors Yarushi Inoue gives universal resonance to Misugi's demise. He turns what could have been the mundane account of adultery into a compelling love story that is considered a classic of world literature.

This stage adaptation is a monologue for three voices, and a single actress embodies all three women, transforming before our eyes. At the end of her letter, Shoko drops her school uniform to reveal Midori's exuberant outfit who, in turn, undresses to slip into Saiko's funeral kimono.

Behind a scrim presenting fragments of letters, the increasingly tormented hunter Josuke Misugi cleans his gun. He seems to exist in a different time space. The simple action he performs, which would normally take only a few minutes, is stretched through the entire duration of the play: piking up his gun in ultra-slow-motion, inspecting it, meticulously cleaning its barrels and finally standing to aim at his wife's back.

Borrowing from Japanese Zen aesthetics, the set's floor is successively draped with three fundamental elements: water, stone, and wood. After Shoko wanders in a lily pond, the waters withdraw to reveal a terrain of smooth black stones. Then, at the climax of Midori's rage, the stones magically vanish to expose a wooden deck on which Saiko recites her suicide letter.

Adapted for the stage by Serge Lamothe

With Miki Nakatani & Mikhail Baryshnikov

Directed by François Girard

Producer Cath Brittan

Creative Producers David Finn & François Girard

Co-Producer Misaki Mouri

Set François Séguin

Lighting David Finn

Costumes Renée April

Music Alexander MacSween

The Hunting Gun was originally produced by Parco Theatre, Tokyo and Danièle de Fontenay (Usine C, Montreal). It received three Yumiori Awards and two Kinokunya Awards, including two for Best Theatre Production and two for Best Actress.



Battery Dance Presents Battery Dance NOW At New York Live Arts Photo
Battery Dance presents Battery Dance NOW, featuring the work of three female choreographers, on March 8-11, 2023 at 7pm at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th St., NYC. Tickets are $35 (standard), $20 (student/senior/veteran), and $75 (VIP opening night reception).

Ballet Hispánico Presents a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of its Founder, Tina Photo
Ballet Hispánico announces a ceremony to honor the passing of dance innovator Tina Ramirez, the iconic founding artistic director of the organization, to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 5pm at 92NY.

Review: ROMEO AND JULIET at Ottawas National Arts Centre Photo
What did our critic think of ROMEO AND JULIET at Ottawa's National Arts Centre?

Review: Cullberg in HORSE, THE SOLOS AT The Joyce Theater Photo
Emerging from a string of eerie, dim lights appears Johanna Tengan in bright red, articulating every joint from the bottom of her feet to the vertebrae of her cervical spine. Inviting, confusing, and luminous, Cullberg's 'Horse, the solos,' debuts at The Joyce after its world premiere in March 2021 at Dansens Hus, Stockholm. Hay derives her vision for 'Horse, the solos' from the effects of climate change in America. Her inspiration? All that is unseen in a single blade of grass.


More Hot Stories For You


Ballet Hispánico Presents a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of its Founder, Tina RamirezBallet Hispánico Presents a Celebration of the Life and Legacy of its Founder, Tina Ramirez
February 6, 2023

Ballet Hispánico announces a ceremony to honor the passing of dance innovator Tina Ramirez, the iconic founding artistic director of the organization, to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 5pm at 92NY.

Ballet Hispánico Presents Two World Premieres, SOR JUANA By Michelle Manzanales and PAPAGAYOS By Omar Román De JesúsBallet Hispánico Presents Two World Premieres, SOR JUANA By Michelle Manzanales and PAPAGAYOS By Omar Román De Jesús
February 2, 2023

Ballet Hispánico, the nation's largest Latinx cultural organization and one of America's Cultural Treasures, returns to New York City Center after its critically and publicly acclaimed run of Doña Perón. From June 1-3, 2023, Ballet Hispánico will present a mixed bill curated by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro featuring repertory favorites, two new commissions and an exciting new addition to the repertory.

ABT's Aleisha Walker Wins Young Creation Award at 2023 Prix De LausanneABT's Aleisha Walker Wins Young Creation Award at 2023 Prix De Lausanne
February 2, 2023

American Ballet Theatre has announced that ABT apprentice Aleisha Walker won a coveted Young Creation Award at the 2023 Prix de Lausanne 50th Anniversary Competition in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tom Gold Dance Announces 2023 Spring SeasonTom Gold Dance Announces 2023 Spring Season
February 1, 2023

​​​​​​​Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2023, New York City-based Tom Gold Dance will present its annual spring season, featuring the work of Tom Gold Dance Founder and Director Tom Gold, Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13, 2023 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Martha Graham Dance Company Will Present Spring 2023 Season at The Joyce Theater in AprilMartha Graham Dance Company Will Present Spring 2023 Season at The Joyce Theater in April
February 1, 2023

The world-renowned Martha Graham Dance Company returns to The Joyce Theater with three exciting programs April 18–30, 2023. The season features world premieres by Baye & Asa and Annie Rigney, Hofesh Shechter's high-energy CAVE, and the mesmerizing Canticle for Innocent Comedians, a multi-choreographer work directed by Sonya Tayeh featuring an original score by jazz great Jason Moran.