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UW-River Falls Theatre presents ‘Kwaidan: Strange Tales from East Asia’

April 24, 2014

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Theatre will present “Kwaidan: Strange Tales fro East Asia” April 24-26 and May 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Syse Theatre in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building.

The idea for this original production was born two years ago while Theatre Professor Robin Murray was viewing the Edo Pop exhibit at the Minneapolis Art Institute. Struck by the similarities between ancient woodblock prints, contemporary manga and anime, and learning of the “One Hundred Candles” parlor game played in 18th century Japan, she thought it might be interesting to explore ways to dramatize ghost stories in a fashion that would invite young people to make the connections between their beloved anime and historical literature.

Murray collaborated with UWRF theatre major and Falcon Scholar summer recipient Jeremy Liend and their ensemble cast to devise a play that depicts ghost stories that are scary, creepy, and sometimes humorous.

The polished result is a play about a group of students on a study exchange trip in Japan who learn about the “One Hundred Candles” parlor game and try to play it in an abandoned Bunraku puppet theatre in Tokyo. The evening turns out to be more frightening than they imagined – and who knows what will happen if the 100th candle is put out?

Admission is $11/adults, $9/seniors, and $5/students. Due to the nature of the show, no one under age 11 will be admitted into performances. Tickets may be purchased or reserved through the University Theatre Box Office in Kleinpell Fine Arts or by phone at 715-425-3114. For more information, email robin.e.murray@uwrf.edu or call the Box Office.