The Pierce College winter production of Rashomon will open Feb. 22. The sets by Fred Metzger will incorporate continuous projected video elements, mood lighting, a continuous sound score and modern-day periaktoi.*
Production dates are Feb. 22 to 23 and Feb. 27 to March 2. Wednesday, Feb. 27, is half-price night. Shows are 8 p.m. in the theatre, Cascade Building, Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive S.W., Lakewood. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $7 for Pierce students. Reservations can be made by calling (253) 964-6710.
Director Patrick Daugherty has double cast the play with an all-student cadre of actors.
The play was originally a movie by the same name. The plot is based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa adapted for the stage by Fay and Michael Kanin. The action takes place in Kyoto, Japan, about a thousand years ago. The wife of a Samurai officer is assaulted and her husband murdered by a roving bandit. Contradictory versions of what happened are re-enacted at the trial by the bandit, the wife and the dead husband who speaks through a sorceress. Each version is true in its fashion.
*Periaktoi were an ancient theater method of changing scenery consisting of triangular columns on each side of the stage that could rotate to indicate different locations.