Full Length Play
Adaptations (Literature), Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
Settings Of Play - Kyoto, Japan, about a thousand years ago - at an edge of the Rashoman Gate, at a police court and in a nearby forest. This is an imaginative play. It can be adapted to a stage of any size or form. The objective of the physical production must be to help create a magical mood - to cast a spell.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Scene work, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, From Broadway
Nominee! 3 Tony Awards, 1959
The famous stories of Akutagawa were adapted for Broadway for Claire Bloom, Rod Steiger, Akim Tamiroff and Oscar Homolka. The wife of a Samurai officer is assaulted and her husband killed by a roving bandit. Contradictory versions of what happened are reenacted at the trial by the bandit, the wife and the dead husband who speaks through a sorceress. Each version is true in its fashion.
"Delicate and dynamic, sensitive and savage, packed with color, suspense and seamy wit. A triumph of stagecraft." - New York Mirror
"Rashomon is pure art of the theatre. Out of a legend, it conjures a mood. No one need despair of a commercial theatre that can deal in elusive materials with so much delicacy, expertness and charm." - The New York Times
Rashomon was first presented on Broadway by David Susskind and Hardy Smith at the Music Box Theater in New York City on January 27, 1959. It was directed by Peter Glenville.