Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things

Tonight we welcome Murasaki Shikibu in conversation to kick off the book launch of The Tale of Genji, one of the first novels ever written. Like, in the whole world. Granted, the event is over 1000 years late, but to make up for lost time, Lady Murasaki has a lot to say. If you’re lucky, she might even talk about the book. She will take questions and give autographs following the discussion. Priority seating...
Tonight we welcome Murasaki Shikibu in conversation to kick off the book launch of The Tale of Genji, one of the first novels ever written. Like, in the whole world. Granted, the event is over 1000 years late, but to make up for lost time, Lady Murasaki has a lot to say. If you’re lucky, she might even talk about the book. She will take questions and give autographs following the discussion. Priority seating with book purchase. Moderator TBD.
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Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things

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  • Katherine Gwynn:
    9 Dec. 2020
    I just finished reading this play in one furious delighted gulp. God--what a joy to find a play that explores a famous woman writer that actually frustrates the notions of "the woman writer" or legacy, or how one relates to their own art. I found this play so delightful and so then, so unexpectedly tender. I really hope to see this performed at some point.
  • Mark V Jones:
    7 Dec. 2019
    Julia, manages to entertain and educate without force. Our lead character, Murasaki is a riot. And why wouldn't she be? She's a 1000 years old, she's earned that right. The inclusion of audience participation would be nice to see played out ... or not. Either way works. This was very different for me and sometimes different can be good. It was. Great job Julia and long live Murasaki!
  • Andrew Rincon:
    4 Nov. 2019
    Izumi crafts such a unique, quirky world. While the play makes me loud out loud (and hard), there are such beautiful moments that tear at the heart. The play poses such an important question - who's work are we remembering and why? I can't recommend the play enough.

Character Information

  • Murasaki Shikibu
    Upon her death she was in her 30s or 40s and so she appears thus, but she’s actually over 1000 years old.,
    Japanese
    ,
    Female
  • Bookstore Manager
    Any adult age,
    Asian-American
    ,
    Female
  • A Person
    Any adult age,
    Japanese
    ,
    Male

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Avant Bard Theatre
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    CAATA National Asian-American ConFest
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Brown University
    ,
    2017
  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    New York Society Library
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Dixon Place
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    FringeNYC, The Brewing Dept.
    ,
    2016

Awards

Artist Grant
,
Puffin Foundation
,
2016