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Friday, June 9, 2006

HALF-PRICE KABUKI

Supernatural pathos

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Bando Tamasaburo as Tomihime

The International Theatre Institute is offering half-price tickets for its July 21-23 program at the Kabuki-za theater in Ginza, Tokyo, as part of its "kabuki appreciation for foreigners" campaign. The program features Bando Tamasaburo presenting "Tenshu Monogatari," also known as "The Legend of Himeji Castle" or "The Tale of Castle Donjon." The deadline to apply for half-price tickets is June 22.

The tragic love story is based on a novel of the same name by the late Meiji Era/early Showa Era novelist Kyoka Izumi, whose romantic fantasies often contained elements of the supernatural. Izumi's story has often been adapted for stage, television and cinema in recent years.

Tamasaburo plays the princess Tomihime, who lives at the top floor of the Himeji Castle donjon, but whose life is changed when she meets Zushonosuke (Ebizo).

To apply, please send an e-mail to iti@ceres.dti.ne.jp stating your contact details, nationality, preferred date of performance and the number of tickets you would like to purchase. The Kabuki-za is at 4-12-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, is opposite Higashi-Ginza Station on the Hibiya and Toei Asakusa lines.



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