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Loyal Samurai: An Introduction to Kabuki Theatre

Presented by the Tower Theatre Foundation in collaboration with A6.

Tickets: General Admission $17 children/students, $27 adults (plus $3 preservation fee)

Professor Laurence Kominz, of Portland State University's theatre department, directed the stateside English-language debut of Japan's most beloved kabuki play, "Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai" (also known as "The 47 Ronin"). View live dramatic excerpts from this revenge drama, performed by students from Portland State University's theatre department. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the costumer's intensive role in assisting actors with authentic Japanese costumes and traditional makeup. Plus, Kominz will share his passion for kabuki theatre with a brief history of this visually-stunning art form.

This program is planned in conjunction with A6's major exhibit, "Opening Japan: Three Centuries of Japanese Prints." Rare woodblock prints from 17th, 18th and 19th century provide glimpses of Japan's pop culture from "the floating world." These mass-distributed artworks of elegant courtesans and outlandish kabuki actors reflected their almost-celebrity status in Japanese society. 

Visit A6's "Opening Japan" exhibit, on display Sep 2-Nov 20, 2016. Admission to the exhibit is free. Learn more at A6's weekly exhibit tours, Saturdays at 4 pm ($10 admission). Call 541.330.8759 or visit atelier6000.org/japanese-art. 

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