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Kabuki Shakespeare

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Producer's Comments

Director's Comments

The Story

Cast

Photo Gallery

Media on the Play

The '97 Play "A Comedy of Errors"

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Producer's Comments

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Director's Comments

'First performed by female actors and later by males, the Kabuki theatre has evolved from collections of comic sketches and dances into a highly formal theatrical mode. Descended from a kind of variety entertainment performed by itinerant troupes of actors, throughout its history the Kabuki theatre has borrowed and absorbed styles and traditions of other modes of Japanese theatre such as Kyogen, Bungaku and Noh. But though the history of Kabuki is multiple and diverse, Kabuki theatre today is a highly stylized and ritualized mode of theatre.

Though first performed strictly by male actors, the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries also descended from organic "street performances" and large popular theatres. Shakespeare's many texts are composed from older borrowed medieval play cycles, from myths and tales of folklore. Often several of these are combined within a single play. However, from this popular and diverse beginning, Shakespearean theatre has also evolved into a strictly ritualized mode of presentation. The idea of Shakespeare connotes the most traditional and the most elite of theatrical performances. Shakespeare has become an iconic figure serving as the measure against which not only theatre, but all English literature is measured.

Just as Kabuki is often appreciated in terms of memorable scenes and dramatic moments, "Kabuki Shakespeare" is a collection of popular moments from Shakespeare's works. Mixing Japanese and English language, borrowing the colours, costumes and manners of Kabuki, "Kabuki Shakespeare" will blend the styles of two different and contrasting theatrical traditions. In this manner, "Kabuki Shakespeare" will experiment with the flexibility and organic popular origins of both Kabuki and Shakespeare, exploring both the timeless and cross-cultural nature of human themes upon which both theatres are built. While the differences of two cultures' theatres are expressed and contrasted in colours and sounds, various themes such as love, rage and laughter will find a single, understandable expression.'

Cary Dipietro, MA Shakespearean Literature

The Story

Cast

Producer....................Ezekiel Sanborn/Timothy Morey

Director........................................................Cary DiPietro

Production Assistant................................Courtney Burry

Stage Manager.................................................Myloc Dinh

Musical Advisors.....Emily Chenot/Jeffrrey Pennington

As You Like It

Christopher Sly.............................................Joshua Sturk

Lord........................................................Charles Kowalski

Bartholomew...........................................Doug Chetwynd

Usher.........................................................Lenore De Asis

Servants.................................Emily Chenot/Tony White

Rosalind.........................................................Sarah Pickett

Celia.....................................................................Aisa Haga

Orlando.......................................................Walker Leiser

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo......................................................Ezekiel Sanborn

Juliet.....................................................................Tina Chin

Love's Labour's Lost

King Ferdinand....................................Charles Kowalski

Biron............................................................Greg Harvey

Dumaine.....................................................Vayong Moua

Longueville..................................................Mark Moore

Princess...........................................................Lou Barron

Rosalind......................................................Vicki Hayden

Catherine...................................................Leah Kirkland

Maria.....................................................Bridget Mathews

Boyet...................................................

Mercade'..................................................

Macbeth

Macbeth.................................................Jeffrey Hawkins

Witch 1....................................................Lenore De Asis

Witch 2...............................................Bobbie Jo Tucker

Witch 3............................................................LJ Cagney

Chorus Witches.........Helen Taylor/Saori Nakamura/

\Saiko Sakabura/Mari Kawmura

Apparitions.........................................Heather McGhee

King Lear

King Lear.........................Greg Harvey/Mark Moore

Fool...............................................................Lou Barron

Kent..........................................................Vayong Moua

Edgar.......................................................Walker Leiser

Gloucester.......................Mark Moore/Greg Harvey

The Winter's Tale

Chorus................................................Saori Nakamura/

\Saiko Sakabura/Naoko Katsura

Leontes......................................................Joshua Sturk

Hermione......................................................LJ Cagney

Paulina.............................................Bobbie Jo Tucker

Cleomenes..................................................Tony White

Dion..............................................Mark Cristopherson

Perdita.............................................................Tina Chin

Florizel...............................................Doug Chetwynd

Messenger...........................

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Go to the photo gallery (coming soon)

(Coming Soon)Media on the '98 Play

(In Japanese Only)

A look at the '97 Play, A Comedy of Errors

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