chapter  16
15 Pages

Conjuring Kuzunoha from the World of Abe no Seimei

WithJanet E. Goff 269

In the highly competitive seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Japanese the­ atre world, the ability to rapidly produce new crowd-pleasing plays was critical to a theatre company's commercial viability. Playwrights kept close track of the latest fashions and capitalized on technological innovations. They fol­ lowed and flouted dramaturgical conventions, plucked ideas from hit plays, and constructed new parts to showcase star performers.