AMATERASU ZA’s New Adaptation of CHUSHINGURA – 47 Ronin Featuring Ako, Yoshi Amao, Saori Goda, Tatsuo Ichikawa, Rina Maejima, Jun Suenaga, Yasu Suzuki, Hiroko Yonekura, and Minami Yoshimura, Extends at A.R.T./New York Mezzanine Theater through 11/13

Due to popular demand Amaterasu Za’s production  of Chushingura – 47 Ronin, adapted and directed by Ako Dachs, has been extended through Nov. 13. at the A.R.T./New York Mezzanine Theater, 502 W. 53rd Street.

Chushingura – 47 Ronin is based on one of the most enduring stories in Japan. Portraying real events that took place in 1702-1703 during Japan’s Shogun-led Edo period, this sprawling story of honor, betrayal, clan loyalty, sacrifice, justice, and revenge has been told and retold in hundreds of ways in Japanese books, plays, movies, television dramas, and animated series. This new stage adaptation is performed mainly in Japanese with some English and supertitles translation throughout.

Ako as Riku. Photo by Melinda Hall

The cast includes Ako (FX’s “Shogun.” Off Broadway: God Said This -Lortel nom.), Yoshi Amao (TV: “Shogun,” “Mr. Robot.”), Saori Goda, (NBC’s “Love Your Selfie”), Tatsuo Ichikawa (Apple TV+, “We Crashed”), Rina Maejima (A Chorus Line), Jun Suenaga (Film: Mother’s Day), Yasu Suzuki (Film: College Road Trip. NETFLIX’s “Daredevil”), Hiroko Yonekura (Regional: Avenue Q), and Minami Yoshimura (Regional: Godspell).

Ako as Riku. Photo by Melinda Hall

The creative team also includes Joshua Dachs (Scenic Design), Fumi Tanakada (Sound Design), Aaron Bowersox (Lighting Design), Kyo Kasumi (Tate Fight Director), Kanako Morita (Stage Manager).

The Company. Photo by Melinda Hall

“This true tale has been presented in many forms, from Kabuki, to the stage, film, and TV and we are thrilled to bring this exciting new adaptation of the celebrated Japanese story to New York. It is very rare to see an entire cast of New-York based Japanese actors in one production. We will embrace the Japanese theatre tradition of cross-gender casting as we tell our version of this moving story of injustice, loyalty, and revenge.”

The Company and Tatsuo Ichikawa as Oishi (far right) Photo by Melinda Hall

Amaterasu Za’s Founding Artistic Director, Ako Dachs

This project continues Amaterasu Za’s efforts to bring traditional and contemporary Japanese classics to an American audience. The company’s first major project was an English-language adaptation of a Chikamatsu play from the Kabuki tradition – Courier of Love. Our second was a full production of two Yukio Mishima modern Noh plays Hanjo and Aoi No Ue, in Japanese, and this one will be an adaptation of one of the most enduring stories in Japan.

Jun Suenaga, Yasu Suzuki, Minami Yoshimura. Photo by Melinda Hall

AKO (Playwright / Director) is the founding artistic director of the English-Japanese bi-lingual theater AMATERASU ZA. Ako is a former member of the world-famous all-female Takarazuka Theatre Company in Japan. Her works on stage include Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (MCC), God Said This (Actors Theater of Louisville and Primary Stages; Lucille Lortel Leading Actress Award nomination), Kentucky (EST), Sayonara (Pan Asian), Tamar Of The River (Prospect), Tea With The Haiku Geisha, Tea House Of The August Moon, A Majority Of One, Shogun Macbeth, Tea, and Kokuro. Films/TV: Snow Falling On Cedars, BBC’s Prisoners In Time, I Origin, Too Tired To Die, Shadow Play, Daitoryo No Christmas Tree, No Reservations, Twelve, 30 Rock, Mercy. Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2010-2012 season; Throne Of Blood, Julius Caesar, White Snake. Ako will appear as Daiyoin in the upcoming FX series ‘Shogun.’

Tatsuo Ichikawa as Kato. Photo by Melinda Hall
Jun Suenaga, Yoshi Amao. Photo by Melinda Hall
Koji Amao, Saori Goda. Photo by Melinda Hall
Koji Ono, Jun Suenaga. Photo by Melinda Hall
Minami Yoshimura, Saori Goda, Jun Suenaga. Photo by Melinda Hall
Tatsuo Ichikawa, Ako. Photo by Joshua Dachs

Perf schedule:
Tuesday -Saturday at 7:30 PM; Saturday & Sunday Matinee at 3PM

Ticket prices are $60 ($30 for seniors and students)

Preview tickets are $45 (Preview $25 for seniors and students)

They can be purchased by visiting

$45 Regular. $25 Senior and Student.

For more information about Amaterasu Za, please visit

COVID Policy: Proof of Vaccination and Masks worn in the theatre

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