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Drum of the Waves of Horikawa

Drum of the Waves of Horikawa played from October 24th to November 17th, 2007 in the Mainstage Theatre.

About the show

The Theatre of a Two-headed Calf explores the 18th-century Chikamatsu play Drum of the Waves of Horikawa.

Loud, violent, transgressive and fueled by radical politics, both Kabuki and 1970s punk rock represented unforgiving performance movements that captured the stories of social discord. Combining live music performed by two drummers, a keyboardist and a bass player with traditional elements of Japanese performance, the show reinterprets this 18th Century classic that teems with lying, cheating, drinking and assassination.

Also developed in a HARP Residency, Drum is directed by Brooke O’Harra and composed by Brendan Connelly.

This performance is a part of Turning Japanese, a city-wide celebration commemorating Japan Society’s Centennial.

Show Press

“A wildly inventive treat... [an] aural and visual circus... it's amazing what sick, outrageous connections O'Harra and Co. inspire.”
— Time Out New York
“Equal parts Sid Vicious and Akira Kurosawa, Drum of the Waves of Horikawa is a brilliant mashup of two seemingly disparate art forms -- traditional Japanese kabuki theatre and '70s punk rock. The wildly imaginative downtown group Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf has woven the common threads of violent energy, extreme posturing, and destructive attitude into its production of a Japanese play that dates from 1705. Featuring a live band, adultery, revenge, full-frontal nudity, murder, and inventive punk-samurai costumes and makeup, the show is one of the most original and entertaining Off-Off-Broadway productions of the year.”
— Flavorpill
“Drum of the Waves of Horikawa incorporates a kinetic punk rock score that swings and sizzles... Executed with inventive, rigorous precision by an indefatigable ensemble in a 12’ playing space, [it] is at turns lively, startling, funny ... The cast is uniformly excellent, throwing themselves completely into O’Harra’s elaborately choreographed staging with a physicality that, for all its precision, still exudes an exhilarating air of recklessness.”
— The Gothamist
“Wild and energetic... this new production from the Theatre of the Two-Headed Calf blends traditional Kabuki with '70s punk rock to create an experience that is entertaining and unforgettable.”
— Washington Square News