—The Village School from Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy—
The full-length play was first performed in the puppet theater in 1748 and is one of a group of plays called the "Three Great Classics" together with Chushingura and Yoshitsune and the Thousand Cherry Trees which were all written by the same group of three playwrights. The main plot is about the historical story of the 9th century court noble Sugawara no Michizane (called Kan Shojo in this play) who rose to the highest level in government and then was exiled due to pressure from the ruling Fujiwara clan. But after his death, his angry spirit was blamed for all kinds of disasters and he was restored to his court ranks posthumously and worshipped as the Shinto god Tenjin.
The play also shows the story of a family that served Kan Shojo and has triplets, three boys, who are named after Sugawara's three favorite trees, the pine (matsu), the plum (ume) and the cherry (sakura). The three brothers all serve different lords as carriage drivers, but are forced to different sides with the exile of Kan Shojo. The position of Matsuomaru is particularly difficult since he serves the villain, Fujiwara no Shihei, the man responsible for the exile of Kan Shojo and his dilemma becomes the tragedy shown in Terakoya.
—Kumagai’s Battle Camp from A Chronicle of the Battle of Ichinotani—
—Izaemon and the Courtesan Yugiri—
Please see Key Kabuki Words - Plays mentioned in the program page of "The Beauty of Onnagata"
—Sogoro, the Fishmonger—
—The Villainous Tea Priest—
Also see the explanation of plays for the "Four Seasons of Kabuki" program of "Yuki no Yube Iriya no Azemichi."