Echo Theatre presents Temple Spirit
Playwright Susan Felder dips deeply into the well of Japanese folk stories and incorporates six different verse forms in her exciting play, Temple Spirit. Through characters we may recall from childhood storybooks, Felder has crafted a dark tale of purgatory; despair; and redemption.
Her hero priest Jogan chooses a path into a world belonging to the demons and ghosts that have influenced Japanese culture for thousands of years. These psychologically terrifying entities prey on the minds and bodies of the living and embody a myriad of today’s fears; blurring our impulse to choose right or wrong.
As the legend goes, after a village temple was taken over by a demon, many good priests attempted to cast it out. This one-night challenge always ended with their very malicious destruction. When a new challenger arrives, he carries with him a secret shame that may be the only means by which he can defeat the evil within the temple. A fantastical world will confront him, and other lives depend upon his victory. Masks, music, and shadow work add to the theatricality of the production and to the audience experience.
Performances will take place in the Creative Arts Building at Fair Park.