TU Theatre Presents 'Rashomon'

Monday, January 29, 2001

Published on 1/29/01

Different versions of the same incident — and the reasons people draw the conclusions that they do — are themes explored in the play “Rashomon,” which will be presented by The University of Tulsa’s Department of Theatre Feb. 14 - 18 in the Chapman Theatre of Kendall Hall, located at Fifth Place and Florence Avenue.

“Rashomon,” written by Fay and Michael Kanin, is based on the tales of Akutagawa. The play takes place in the forest near the Rashomon gate in Japan. The basic tale is of a samurai and his wife meeting in the forest with the famous bandit, Tajamura, and the death that results. The play tells the story of the samurai’s death from the viewpoint of the bandit, the wife, and the dead samurai and challenges the audience to explore how prejudice and expectations influence our judgement of events.

TU Theatre’s production of the drama, which was made into a film by legendary Japanese director Akira Kurasawa, will incorporate Japanese theatrical staging techniques and elaborate costumes produced in TU’s costume shop. Michael Chin, a noted fight choreographer based in New York, will travel to Tulsa to choreograph the sword fights.

Performances of “Rashomon” will be Wednesday - Saturday, Feb. 14 - 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets, which are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and area students, can be purchased at the TU Theatre Box Office in Kendall Hall or by calling 631-2567. Box office hours are Monday - Friday from 12 - 5 p.m.