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Panola College presents Rashomon

Panola College presents Rashomon

Shelby Durham

Theater students Hannah Hoover and Alex Ford work together to build a prop needed for the upcoming play.

The archetypal Japanese story of truth, Rashomon by Fay and Michael Kanin hits the boards at the Q.M. Martin Auditorium Friday, February 21, Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, February 23.  Rashomon journeys the audience in a search for the truth through the story of a brutal crime told from three very differing perspectives, leaving open the question, who actually is the perpetrator and what really happened.  Caught by a storm at the great Rashomon gate, a Priest, a woodcutter, and a wigmaker decipher the stories and discover a surprising revelation.  Based on stories from the 1928 short story collection,  In a Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa,Rashomon was first made into the now classic 1951 film by Akira Kurosawa, launching his career, In 1959 Fay and Michael Kanin adapted the screenplay into a Broadway play starring Rod Steiger and Claire Bloom.

This production serves as Panola College’s entry into the Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Associations, Play Festival,February 26 – March 1 at Blinn College in Brenham, TX.  Ten schools from across the state present a variety of theatrical productions vying for a host of acting and technical awards.  Panola performs Friday, February 28 at 5:30 in the main auditorium at Blinn.

Cast in Panola’s production are Matthew Odom, Gary, as the Priest; T.J. Rushing, Mt. Enterprise, Woodcutter; Zach Barlow, Carthage, the Wigmaker; Peter Zarate IV, Hillsboro, Deputy; Osvaldo Cabral, Bandit; Avery Tindol, Center, Husband; Alex Ford, Wells, Wife; Cristin Lindgren, Timpson, Mother; Mariah Fulbright, Center, Medium.  Cast as the Koken – elements of Noh and Kabuki drama are Carnelius Lewis, Carthage; Kyree Williams, Hillsboro; Josue Ramirez, Hillsboro; Ethan Xieu, Center; Jacob Woolf, Gary; Jaymie Coleman, Nacogdoches; and Kenny Richard, Baycity.

Designing and Crewing the production are Kate Morton, Marshall, Stage Manager; Jordan Vaughn, Marshall, Lights; Hannah Hoover, Gary, Costumes; Callie Rosson, Hallsville, Sound; and Claire Beasley, Elysian Fields, Make-up.  Stage construction, Huston Hubler, Jacksonville, FL, and Cody Gibbs, Mt. Summerville.  The play is directed by professor of Drama, Karen King.

Carthage performances on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, begin at 7 p.m. and on February 23, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. General Public admission is $8.00 and $6.00 for Senior Citizens and Children 12 and under.  Group discounts are available for parties of 15 or more.  Panola College Faculty and Staff as well as students are free with Panola ID Card.

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