Rashomon Stage Reading Production
Saturday, June 18 from 2:45 p.m. until 4:10 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30 p.m.)
777 Theatre – 777 8th Avenue (between 47th and 48th Streets)
Japan Performing Arts, Inc. (JPA), a non-profit organization that introduces Japanese art forms to New Yorkers, presents an English-language stage reading of Rashomon written by Fay and Michael Kanin.
Based on “Yabu no Naka” (“In the Grove”) by Ryunosuku Akutagawa (1892-1927), the “Father of the Japanese short story,” the Kanins adapted Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic film Rashomon for Broadway in 1959. The play shows four different versions of confessions for one rape/murder case.
JPA was established by Japanese dancer and choreographer Yuko Hamada, who spent six years in Japan’s all-female theater company Takarazuka. The cast and crew of the stage reading of Rashomon are all female as well.
- Priest – Miyuki Kumamoto
- Wood Cutter – Azumi Tsutsui
- Wig Maker – Emi Asano
- Tajomaru – Yuuka Taga
- Wife – Seika Ito
- Husband – Rio Harada
- Medium – Ayako Ibaraki
- Mother & Deputy – Miki Hanta
- Stage Manager – Mariko Takizawa
- Lighting – Aya Hamasaki
The event is free, but reservations are required. To reserve your seat, please visit JPA’s website.