Richard F. Celeste Theatre
Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. (map)
Under the direction of Visiting Professor Laurence Kominz, CC students will perform the play, “The Medicine Peddler,” in which a heroic samurai disguises himself as a medicine peddler in order to infiltrate a New Year's party held by the powerful warlord who murdered the hero's father when he was a little boy. Of course, the hero is bent on revenge. On the way, he encounters beautiful courtesans, a princess, an athletic buffoon, and the villain's soldiers. And the hero has to protect his false identity by imitating the medicine peddler's tongue-twisting sales pitch. This play is one of the "Eighteen Great Plays of Kabuki.”
Kabuki is high-energy, visual theater, featuring humor, romance, gender bending, acrobatic fight scenes, virtuoso vocalization, and graceful dancing — an exciting music-dance-drama that is popular and profitable in Japan, and is also a UN designated Intangible Heritage Art.