Monsters and runaways aren’t usually the kinds of problems teenagers face, but a Tokyo-based theater troupe thinks these are the kinds of conundrums that await teenage monks.

This weekend, the troupe Tateyoko Kikaku will present two works that are part of a series of plays that focus on rookie monks. The first of those two productions is titled “Amefurashi Zanzaka” (“Let it Rain Hard”). While the rest of the series presumably deals with more relatable problems, the opening performance delves into the supernatural. Set in a quiet coastal town, the play revolves around local lore of a mythological monster named Amefurashi that kidnaps children whenever there is heavy rainfall. One day, a warning arrives stating Amefurashi is coming, leaving the monks on high alert.

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