Kyôgen 5 The Private School for wives

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Kyôgen script

Five acts

adaptation of Molière‘s play “The School for Wives (1662)

Hitoshi Nakata


“The Private School for wives” is the adaptation of the comic play “The School for Wives” by Molière, French actor, playwright and theatrical organizer in the 17th century to revive it as a piece of Kyôgen, traditional Japanese art. 

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The Private School for wives

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Yamakan, who has just changed his name to the more aristocratic one of “Mr. Tachibana,” is a middle-aged man who made fun of neighborhood husbands and would rather marry an ignorant woman than an intelligent woman.  So he decided to marry Ayame, brought up in ignorance, a recluse in a convent. Yamakan meets Koinosuke, son of Wadachinosuke (another of his friends), who fell in love with Ayame, tells Yamakan that he was able to woo the girl. Ayame, believing that her future husband is Koinosuke, expresses her gratitude, but Yamakan bluntly disdains her. Yamakan decides to rush the marriage. But, it turns out that Ayame is the daughter of Semimaru; the lovers will be able to marry, to the great despair of M. de Tachibana, who goes astray, uttering a last word.

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