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Vanguard Theatre presents ‘Rashomon’

Vanguard Theatre presents ‘Rashomon’

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:26 pm

MARTIN — The University of Tennessee at Martin Vanguard Theatre will present its opening performance of “Rashomon” at 8 p.m. April 14 in the Student Life Center. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. April 15-16 and 3 p.m. April 17.
Tickets are $5 for students and children and $10 for adults. Tickets will only be available at the door and will be on sale two hours before curtain time of each performance.
Based on the 1951 film “Rashomon” by Fay and Michael Kanin, the play begins with a samurai officer being killed and his bride assaulted when they meet a bandit in a rainy woods. During the trial of the bandit, four contradictory accounts of the incident are reported. The fact that many people can observe the same event, yet recall it differently, shows us that life does not always have clear meanings and questions the nature of truth itself.
UT Martin cast members include: Rachel Cagle of Waverly; Justin Hunt of Martin; Matthew Maitland of Bradford; John Nicholson of Centerville; Casey Unger of Martin; Eric Staggs of Waynesboro; Adrian Ward and Carnecia White, both of Memphis; and Lizzie Wouters of Knoxville. Kayla Ballard of Munford is the stage manager.
Guest fight choreographer Susan Chrietzberg is visiting from the University of Memphis and will stage several sword fights throughout the play. Chrietzberg has conducted two stage combat workshops, preparing the student actors for the fights.
Directing the show is Ken Zimmerman, instructor of visual and theatre arts, with Douglas Cook, professor of visual and theatre arts, as the set and lighting designer. The costumes were created by Melanie Hollis, lecturer of visual and theatre arts, with sound and technical direction by Tim Barrington, technical director for visual and theatre arts.
For more information, contact the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts at (731) 881-7090.

Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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