Descendant of Baron / Aqua Vitae!!
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English Title: Descendant of Baron / Aqua Vitae!!
Japanese Title: Baron no Matsuei / Akuaviite!!
Romanized Title: バロンの末裔 / アクアヴィーテ（aquavitae）！！
Performances: National Tour, 11/21 - 12/09
Shinjin Kouen Performances: n/a
Descendant of Baron:
Author/Director: Masatsuka Haruhiko
Author/Director: Fujii Daisuke
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Other Cast: TBA
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
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Descendant of Baron
It is the beginning of the twentieth century. Edward, the second son of an historic Scottish baronial family, leaves home to join the army. One day, he receives a letter from his twin brother Laurence who has fallen ill. He begs Edward to return home. Edward does as he is bidden, only to learn that Laurence is seriously in debt and has mortgaged the family estate. Laurence expects Edward to assist him in his plight.
Richard, Edward's friend, knows about Edward's returning home and assumes that he will succeed as baron. Richard needs a lot of money as he wants to purchase a hotel. He hopes to be able to borrow money if Edward becomes head of the family.
But Edward's cares are elsewhere. He receives a letter from the bank stating that the family estate will soon be confiscated. He asks William, the bank manager, to postpone the day of foreclosure. William is a clever man who took over the position of his father, Thomas, at the bank at a young age.
Thomas would like to seize the land in order to gain influence like the land-owning class. He is an ambitious person who wants to become a member of the establishment. He tells William to treat the baron family without mercy. William decides that he will give the family ten days grace. Edward becomes angry with his brother for leaving the situation to him. Although Edward loses help for a short time, he recovers thanks to the encouragement of Laurence's fiancee Catharine.
Catharine and the twin brothers were brought up together, and Edward secretly loves her. But he knows that Laurence also loves her and he resigns himself to this because he cannot become baron. Edward thinks that as Laurence has lost his fortune, Catharine will not be happy. He advises her to cancel the engagement but she will not do so.
Richard, still wanting to borrow money in order to realize his dream, visits Edward with his lover Helen. Edward knows that Laurence made a loss with regards to a grain purchase deal. He becomes suspicious as to why the honest Laurence was so enthusiastic to take part in the deal and thus become bankrupt. Edward decides to consult with Richard about it. He also speaks with the family servants and learns that an accountant named Lawback recommends the speculatory deal to Laurence. He guesses that the bank and Lawback entrapped Laurence.
When Edward goes hunting to escape his worries he meets Catharine by coincidence. He confesses his secret love to her for the first time. In fact, Catharine has also loved him. She admits that she thought that she lost Edward when he left home, and that she acted in accordance with her father's wishes when she agreed to marry Laurence. She also thought that if she married Laurence she could be closer to Edward. Catharine says she will elope with Edward, but he refuses.
Edward and Catharine come across Henry, the son of the family gardener Gerald. They are invited to Gerald's house in order to gain shelter from the rain. They learn that there is a coal mine on the family estate. Edward's father entrusted the use of it with Gerald and the other servants. Gerald trusts Edward and hands him over the writ.
Edward, with the writ as a trump card, tells William about the coal mine. William recognizes that the baron family has the right to mine their land. In the past Edward had not wanted to spoil the land through mining development. He asks William to invest his money in the coal mine and converts the house into a hotel. At last a grand dance party is held to celebrate the opening of the Bawlton Castle Hotel.
Edward thinks his duty is done as he has helped Laurence out of the crisis. Edward again leaves home, after declaring his love for his land, its people, and dear Catharine.
A show built upon the theme of that most aromatic and mature of deep-flavored spirits: whiskey.
- Descendant of Baron was first staged by Moon Troupe in 1996.
- Aqua Vitae!! was first staged by Cosmos Troupe in 2019.
|11/21 - 11/22||Umeda Arts Theater (Osaka)|
|11/25||Kumamoto-jo Hall (Kumamoto)|
|11/27 - 11/28||Houzan Hall (Kagoshima)|
|11/30||Nagasaki Brick Hall (Nagasaki)|
|12/01||Saga City Culture Hall (Saga)|
|12/03 - 12/05||Fukuoka Civic Hall (Fukuoka)|
|12/08 - 12/09||Okinawa Convention Center (Okinawa)|
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