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Kabuki Dance Drums 2017: The Castle Tower & The Puppeteer
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
Kabuki Dance Drums 2017: The Castle Tower & The Puppeteer

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies, the Department of World Languages and Literatures, and the School of Music Present:

Kabuki Dance Drums 2017: The Castle Tower & The Puppeteer

2 plays - Presented entirely in English

We are thrilled to announce our spring kabuki productions: The Castle Tower and The Puppeteer, directed by Professor Larry Kominz.

These plays are full of emotion and imagination, with remarkable stage properties and gorgeous costumes. They feature lively dances and a wealth of musical talent playing traditional instruments. The plays are presented entirely in English.

Last year, our eight shows of The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samural attracted three thousand viewers -- our two shows this Spring are sure to sell out. Don't miss out, buy your tickets!

Buy Tickets

May 30 -31, 7 pm


Lincoln Performance Hall
1620 SW Park Ave. 


$20 General admission
$17 Seniors
$8  Students

Purchase through the PSU Box Office (503-725-3307)


The Castle Tower (天守物語) (1917)

By master occult author, Izumi Kyoka  

The top floor of the highest tower in Japan’s grandest castle, Himeji Castle, has been haunted for several decades by the beautiful goblin Princess Tomi and her retinue of phantom ladies. One day, a handsome samurai named Zusho climbs up the stairs into the haunted tower. Instead of killing him, Princess Tomi falls in love!... and the battle between goblins and humans begins...




The Puppeteer (傀儡師) (1824)

(A Dance Drama to Kiyomoto accompaniment)

An itinerant puppeteer enters and his puppets come to life, dancing various romances and conflicts -- the grocer’s daughter, Oshichi, is desperate to visit her forbidden lover; Princess Joruri falls in love with the aristocratic young samurai Yoshitsune; a warrior ghost rises from the sea to attack Yoshitsune who killed him in battle. This play is all about charm, humor, beautiful and virtuoso dance, and flights of imagination. 


Directed by Larry Kominz; Music by Mark Oshima; Choreography by Takako Hara; Costumes by Toshimi Tanaka

All Photos courtesy of Minh Ngo

Co-sponsored by the Mark Spencer Hotel  

with support from The United States-Japan Foundation