‘Ghost Stories At Yotsuya’ on Utica College stage

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Utica College’s Performing & Fine Arts Department will present its spring 2020 production of “Ghost Stories At Yotsuya,” directed by Dr. Rachel M.E. Wolfe, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-29, and for a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 1.

All performances will be held in the Strebel Auditorium at Utica College. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door or on UticaTickets.com. The show contains horror and gore, and is not suitable for children.

Written by Tsuruya Nanboku IV, the classic Japanese show set the standards for widely used horror conventions that are found in film today, which were pioneered by kabuki film. This is the world premiere of a brand new translation by Mark Oshima.

The production holds a key place in the history of the horror genre. The play itself is not well known, but it’s conventions can be found in famous horror films like “The Ring.” The goal of the show at Utica College is to blend old and new, American and Japanese culture, and for American audiences to recognize Japanese theatre conventions. 

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