Theatre Nohgaku



An American Noh


Fall 2019 Tour


Friendship across battle lines in America’s devastating Civil War…


Playwright Elizabeth Dowd and composer David Crandall reimagine the conflict at the center of American history as Japanese noh, creating something unprecedented: an intertwining of voices from our country’s painful past with noh’s poetic forms, a synthesis of the extraordinary music of noh with choral concert music, accompanied by violin, harmonica, and the drums of noh. Through this synthesis Gettysburg gives audiences an opportunity to consider the larger and lasting significance of America’s war against itself.

The story


An American veteran of the war in Afghanistan travels to Gettysburg, carrying with them a pocket watch that they inherited from their ancestor, Union General Winfield Hancock.

There, the Veteran meets a Groundskeeper knowledgeable with the battle, and they visit a marker commemorating Confederate General Lewis Armistead. After some conversation, the Groundskeeper disappears into the evening mist.

The Veteran waits while night falls over the open fields, and then encounters the spirit of Armistead, who died from injuries sustained during the battle of Gettysburg.

The story of Hancock and Armistead’s friendship is told, and their roles on opposite sides of the conflict, and we hear a recounting of Pickett’s Charge.

Armistead’s spirit departs with the dawn, and the Veteran leaves Hancock’s watch behind in memory of them both.

tour dates

Saturday September 14, 2019
University of Pittsburgh
Charity Randall Theatre
$15 adults/$10 seniors/veterans/students


Monday, September 16, 2019
Bucknell University
Harvey M. Powers Theatre
• Free of charge


Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Penn State /Abington campus
Sutherland Theatre
• Penn State/Abington students, staff, and faculty - free of charge
• $10 general public (available at the door only)