San Jacinto College presents award-winning drama ‘Rashomon’
02.12.2016 | By Rob Vanya
From left, San Jacinto College theatre students Edwin Villanueva of Pearland, Emily Favian of Manvel, and Joseph Waling of Lampasas rehearse a scene from “Rashomon,” which runs Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Production is adapted from 'one of the greatest films ever made'
The San Jacinto College department of theatre and film will present the stage adaptation of “Rashomon,” widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.
The play will be performed at the Powell Arena Theatre, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. Show dates and times are Feb. 24, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m.
“Rashomon” is an award-winning production that was a Broadway hit starring husband and wife performers Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom. The show is billed as “a beautiful drama set in Kyoto, Japan” based on two short stories by renowned Japanese author Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. The 1950 film “Rashomon” was the first Japanese film to gain worldwide acclaim, earning an honorary International Academy Award and a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 1951. It was the highest-ranked Japanese and Asian film in the Village Voice poll of Best Films of the Century.
“Like a true courtroom trial, this play produces multiple versions of the same story,” commented director Brian Hamlin. “The play’s uniqueness lies in how heavily personal bias, self-interest, and shame warp the truth. Each of the characters recreate the story, or parts of the story in a manner in which they want it or themselves to be perceived, as well as what they want to believe. The ultimate truth is…a man is dead and several people were involved. What remains to be resolved is what is objective truth. I hope this production will remind people of the honor and redemptive values of unbiased truth and self-sacrifice.”
Ticket prices are $10 per person at the door, or $8 for all who purchase and pick up tickets two days in advance of each show. Tickets may be reserved by calling 281-476-1828.
For information about San Jacinto College theatre and film programs, please visit sanjac.edu/career/theatre-film.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.