Category Archives: Sumida River

Ox-Herding on Mt. Tremper

Zen Mountain Monastery Sumida River Rehearsals (Pt. 7)  Contributed by Kevin Salfen, University of the Incarnate Word Photographs by Kevin Salfen (except where noted) Sunday, June 8, 2014 Every day I would walk along the wall of the meal hall … Continue reading

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Bringing It All Together

Zen Mountain Monastery Sumida River Rehearsals (Pt. 6)  Contributed by Kevin Salfen, University of the Incarnate Word Photographs by Kevin Salfen (except where noted) One of the most gratifying and inspiring aspects of Theatre Nohgaku’s residency at Zen Mountain Monastery … Continue reading

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Lunch and the Dokusan Line: Teachers (Pt. 2)

Zen Mountain Monastery Sumida River Rehearsals (Pt. 5)  Contributed by Kevin Salfen, University of the Incarnate Word Photographs by Kevin Salfen (except where noted) Friday, June 6, 2014 Ryushin-sensei is lean, tall, grizzled. His gaze is gentle but firm, his … Continue reading

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Once More with Feeling: Teachers (Pt.1)

Zen Mountain Monastery Sumida River Rehearsals (Pt. 4)  Contributed by Kevin Salfen, University of the Incarnate Word Photographs by Kevin Salfen Thursday, June 5, 2014 Richard Emmert—Artistic Director of Theatre Nohgaku and the Madwoman in TN’s Sunday performance of Sumida … Continue reading

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Asleep in Jizo House

Contributed by David Crandall Photographs by Kevin Salfen [Editor’s note: in the below, Mr. Crandall discusses some of his experience while rehearsing for Sumida River, performed June 8, 2014, at the Zen Mountain Monastery.] A bamboo grove grows in front of … Continue reading

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Kitchen Duty

Zen Mountain Monastery Sumida River Rehearsals (Pt. 3) Contributed by Kevin Salfen, University of the Incarnate Word Photographs by Kevin Salfen Wednesday, June 4, 2014 One of the most practical and revealing rituals I’ve observed during Theatre Nohgaku’s residency at … Continue reading

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Let Them Go

Zen Mountain Monastery Sumida River Rehearsals (Pt. 2) Contributed by Kevin Salfen, University of the Incarnate Word Photographs by Kevin Salfen Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Today was discipline: the first complete run-through of Sumida River with “blocking,” which is to … Continue reading

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