Rashomon & Conference of the Birds
This original adaptation of the Japanese short story is a timely drama for an era in which the accuracy of facts are regularly contested.
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This show closed on September 17, 2017
One event. Four versions. Within them, where is the truth?
After the body of a murdered samurai is discovered in a forest in rural Japan, a notorious bandit claims responsibility for his death. In court, his fellow witnesses—the samurai’s wife, a priest, and a local woodcutter—all give conflicting accounts of the day’s events, causing the priest to question his faith in humanity.
Acclaimed Bay Area playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s original adaptation of the classic Japanese short story is a timely drama for an era in which the accuracy of facts are regularly contested; and an incisive parable about the ways in which humanity's relationship to truth impacts the very foundations of society.
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Recommended for ages 14 and up.
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