Rain of Ice
This chapter features Rain of Ice, which concerns the final hours of an old prostitute, Tamayo, who slips in and out of consciousness. Written by Hasegawa Shigure—Japan's first woman playwright—the play is dark and starkly naturalistic, a far cry from the colorful kabuki historical and dance plays for which she had made a reputation. And the play's setting provides an economical dramatic structure for examining her main character's wretched life and her tortured relationships with her only friend, Otoku, and her daughter, Toyoko, who appears to be unwittingly having an affair with a man who may in fact be her own father.
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