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Masked Acts: Butterfly Lovers, Kyōgen Shakespeare, and Topeng Panji

Friday, March 3, 2017 to Sunday, March 12, 2017
Mainstage Theater (UCSC)
Presented by: 
Theater Arts Department

A program featuring three acts: Indonesian dance-drama with gamelan orchestra, the great love story of Zhu Engtai and Liang Shanbo in the dance-drama style of Malaysia, and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in Japanese kyōgen style.

Are gender and class just “masked acts”? These classical stories, retold through the lens of traditional  Indonesian, Malay, and Japanese-inspired genres, explore how mask performance lets performers cross the gender divide and question the permanence of gender and social status.

Scenes from the Chinese classic Butterfly Lovers tells of Zhu Engtai who disguises herself as a male to study at the Confucian Academy where she conceives a passion for Liang Shanbo. Can love triumph over family and obstructions from heaven? Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night with Japanese inflections will explore gender confusion in kyōgen theater style. In The Story of Panji, the eponymous Javanese hero encounters his long-lost love who has disguised herself as the King of Bali. Not understanding his attraction to the mysterious monarch, Panji finally discovers that "he" is actually his beloved Princess Candra Kirana in disguise. With musical direction by Undang Sumarna and choreography by Zainal Abdul Latiff and Cia Garcia.

Directed by Professor Kathy Foley.

March 3-12, 2017
Thu, Fri, Sat at 7:30PM
Sun at 3:00PM

$15 adult
$12 seniors 62+
$12 child/youth & students w/ ID
$12 UCSC staff/faculty
$12 UCSC alumni association members

UCSC undergraduate students w/ ID are eligible for 1 free ticket

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Ticket window opens 1 hour before curtain for those wishing to pick up tickets in line. Theater doors open 30-minutes prior to performances. Seating is unreserved. Late seating will be at the discretion of the manager.

The Mainstage has 526 seats and offers space for 2 wheelchairs with 1–3 guests each. There is very limited seating that is accessible without stairs.

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