Illinois Central College’s theatre program will present Rashomon, an ancient Japanese tale of passion and deceit, Feb. 22 through March 3, in the Performing Arts Center main stage in East Peoria.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The show is rated PG-13. Rashomon takes place 1,000 years ago in a bamboo forest outside Kyoto. When a Samurai is murdered, and his wife is ravished by a roving bandit, a beguiling mystery begins to unfold.
Though the bandit is quickly apprehended and brought to trial, the truth proves far more elusive, as wildly contradictory versions of what happened are brought to light. But which version contains the ultimate truth? Rashomon is a penetrating look into the human psyche and an enduring drama that illustrates the power of perception.
Delicate yet powerful, sensitive yet brutal, Rashomonis a mesmerizing play packed with vibrant characters and relentless suspense. Murder mystery has seldom been as stylish, graceful, and thought-provoking.
Cast members include Samuel Curry of Washington as the bandit; Cody Cornwell of Pekin as the priest; Emma Luttrell of Washington as the mother, Ethan Johnson of Edelstein as Salisaw the Samurai; Jacob Uhlman of Morton as the wigmaker; Lindsay Nolan of Bloomington as the wife; Logan Henderson of Normal as the woodcutter; Meghan Bordeaux of Peoria as the medium; and Dusty Bredeman of Chillicothe as the deputy. Rashomonis written by Fay and Michael Kanin. It is directed by Robin Berkley and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.
Ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 694-5136. Tickets also may be ordered online at www.ArtsAtICC.com.