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The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai

Kabuki in English! 
The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai (Chūshingura) 

Presented by
The Center for Japanese Studies and
The School of Theater & Film at Portland State University

Eight Live performances February 25-March 5, 2016

There is no kabuki play more beloved to the Japanese, and more frequently performed than Chūshingura, or The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai. Its characters and story demonstrate all that is considered virtuous and noble in traditional Japanese society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Performance Schedule

Feb. 25,   Thursday - 7:30 pm Preview
Feb. 26,   Friday      - 7:30 pm Opening Night
Feb. 27,   Saturday  - 7:30 pm 
Feb. 28,   Sunday    - 2:00 pm Matinee
March 2,  Wednesday - 7:30 pm Student Night 
March 3,  Thursday - 7:30 pm
March 4,  Friday       - 7:30 pm
March 5,  Saturday   - 7:30 pm 
The program runs three hours, including intermission. 

To purchase tickets visit the PSU Box Office Website

The production is supported by a prestigious grant from the United States-Japan Foundation of New York City as well as local and other sponsors, including the following: 
Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)
Mrs. Alice Sumida
P & A Metal Fab, Inc.
 Ray and Jean Auel
Yoko Uchiya
Delta Airlines
Portland Shokookai   
Biwa and Noraneko Restaurants

*The Mark Spencer Hotel is the official hotel for "Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai". Recieve a 15% discount off rates at time of reservation when you mention that you are with the "Loyal 47 Room Block" group. To make a reservation call 800-548-3934 no later than February 11, 2016.
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

Also visit the student  Facebook Page of The Revenge of 47 Loyal Samurai

Photography on this page © Minh Ngo