by Fay and Michael Kanin
PAN ASIAN REP'S acclaimed RASHOMON to Havana Theatre Festival
RASHOMON, seen as a film in 1950 by director- extraordinaire Akira Kurosawa, premiered on Broadway in 1959 starring Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom. Set around 1000 A.D., at the height of the Heian period, RASHOMON tells how a samurai and his wife encounter a bandit, by chance, in a bamboo forest. There is a killing and 3 different versions are given in court probing the question of - what is truth, what is perception, what is illusion ?
Tisa Chang's production will be guided by the concepts of "miyabi" (refined elegance) and "sabi" (elegant simplicity) - so emblematic of Japanese art. A cast of 8 and original music will re-create this timeless tale of lust, revenge, and honor.
Set Design by Kaori Akazawa, Light Design by Victor En Yu Tan, Fight Choreography by Michael G. Chin, Costume Design by Molly Reynolds, & Stage Managers - James Carringer & Elis Arroyo
Cast: Marcus Ho, Rosanne Ma, Tom Matsusaka, Ron Nakahara, Ken Park, Keong Sim, Shigeko Suga and Bertrand Wang
apart from a routine murder and rape is the psychology of those involved. Each witness's description of what transpired is colored by his or her social background." -Wilborn Hampton- New York Times. March 5, 2001-
"Ms Chang has put together a solid cast with first -rate performances by Rosanne Ma as the wife and Ken Park as the Bandit....Mr. Park keeps his boastful, amoral bandit within rein and real sparks fly in an exciting sword fight with Marcus Ho,...Ron Nakahara is convincing as the Woodcutter...Les J.N. Mau is coarsely funny and knowing as the Wigmaker...Original music by Shigeko Suga and Tom Matsusaka successfully evoke the haunting mood of the play...",
-Wilborn Hampton- The New York Times. March 5, 2001-
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