School of Theater and Film Main Stage Production
and the PSU Center for Japanese Studies
Portland State University - Lincoln Hall
1620 SW Park Ave, Portland OR
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $8.00, purchase ONLINE
Interpreters: Dana Walls and Andrew Weaver
"Enjoy the beauty, drama, pathos and splendor of KABUKI in this presentation of Japan's archetypical revenge story."
The first-ever production of this kabuki play by a university in the continental United States will be a PSU main-stage theater production in Lincoln Performance Hall, under the direction of Professor Laurence Kominz. It will feature a large company of student performers and several experts in Japanese music, dance, and costuming from outside the university. PSU stage design faculty will lead student teams in using lighting, projection, and construction materials to create the sets for nine separate scenes. Dr. Wynn Kiyama, Executive Director of Portland Taiko, with an affiliation with the PSU School of Music, is the Musical Director.
About the Director, Professor Laurence Kominz
In the past decade, student performed kabuki and kyôgen plays directed by Dr. Kominz have proven highly popular on campus and in the greater Portland community. They typically draw standing room only audiences who are not only entertained but who learn about the Japanese performing arts. Professor Kominz’s productions achieve remarkable authenticity in terms of movement, costuming, music, and staging. He provides stage-ready English translations of plays, and conveys his own breadth of training in traditional theater to his student performers.
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