Rashomon Ubuntu Theater Project


Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda Source Author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa Source Title Rashōmon Producer Ubuntu Theater Project  [Website] Description After the body of a murdered samurai is discovered in a forest in rural Japan, a notorious bandit claims responsibility for his death. In court, his fellow witnesses—the samurai’s wife, a priest, and a local woodcutter—all give conflicting accounts of the day’s events, causing the priest to question his faith in humanity.

Acclaimed Bay Area playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s original adaptation of the classic Japanese short story is a timely drama for an era in which the accuracy of facts are regularly contested; and an incisive parable about the ways in which humanity's relationship to truth impacts the very foundations of society.
Running Time 2:00 Performers Steven Ho   [Akutegawa]
Christine Jamlig   [Wigmaker & Lady]
Jomar Tagatac   [Woodcutter & Samurai]
Ogie Zulueta   [Priest & Tajamoru]
Creative Staff Michael Moran   [Director]
Marcel Castanchoa   [Scenic Designer]
Simon Trumble   [Scenic Designer]
Patricia Midy   [Costume Designer]
Stephanie Anne Johnson   [Lighting Designer]
Barry Despenza   [Sound Designer]
Philip Kan Gotanda   [Adaptation / Translation]
Andrew Vargas   [Composer - Play Score]

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1433 12th Ave., Oakland, CA 94606   Box Office:  (510) 646-1126


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