It is an honor to direct this landmark production for Pan Asian Rep having created the title role in it’s 1986 world premiere under the direction of John Briggs. In my discussions with Tisa Chang, Artistic/Producing Director, one of the major intents of re-visioning SHOGUN MACBETH is to dignify the exceptional talent of the new generation of Asian American actors. As director I have envisioned the production to be set during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), and its beginning became the era of the first military regime, a warrior (samurai) society known as the Kamakura shogunate, creating a succession for future regimes that ruled for 700 years. While the philosophies of Shinto and Buddhism and the cultural arts struggled to celebrate eras of refinement, for nearly a century Japan suffered civil wars, famine, and plagues. Legends and myths of these years speak about the “living-dead” that walked the earth. Perhaps, Shakespeare read the works by the Buddhist monk Shinran Shonin when he was penning the Scottish Play.
“All people who are ignorant of the distinction between good and evil are truthful in their minds. But those who wear the façade of one who knows the distinction between good and evil are outrageous hypocrites.”
-Shinran Shonin (1173-1263)- Founder of Jodo Shinshu