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Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Adapted and directed by Ping Chong
Based on the film directed by Akira Kurosawa
Distant, ritualized, and mysterious, Akira Kurosawa's Throne
of Blood is the definitive film adaptation of
Macbeth. Made in 1957 and set in feudal Japan, the film
ingeniously compresses Shakespeare's tragedy into a cinematic
masterwork that has inspired yet another transformation. In honor
of Kurosawa's centenary, award-winning theater director Ping Chong
calls on his avant-garde roots and interdisciplinary approach to
adapt the film for the stage.
Merging iconic film imagery and modern scenic elements, Chong recalls, expands, and comments on Kurosawa's vision. A large company of classically trained actors from the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings the characters to life-chief among them, the thunderous Washizu (Macbeth) and the conniving Asaji (Lady Macbeth). Powerful visuals and sound are key, and here they evoke stately Noh theater, the bewitching forest, and the undercurrent of crisis that drives this timeless story.
Set design by Christopher Acebo
Costume design by Stefani Mar
Original Lighting Design by Darren McCroom
Lighting Design Supervision by Noah Beauregard and Michael Maag
Video and Projections design by Maya Ciarrocchi
Composer and sound design by Todd Barton
Original Screenplay by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto and Ryuzo Kikushima
Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and by BAM for the 2010 Next Wave Festival.