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New Play Workshop: The Tale of the Heike

Submitted by Katrina M Ernst on January 19, 2016 - 9:25am
The Tale of the Heike

Presented in collaboration with ACT—A Contemporary Theatre.

Philip Kan Gotanda and Yussef El Guindi are collaborating on a stage adaptation of The Tale of the Heike, one of the most influential works in Japanese literature and culture, remaining even today a crucial source for fiction, drama, and popular media. Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, it features a cast of vivid characters and chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike and changed the course of Japanese history.

The Tale of the Heike—public reading
by Philip Kan Gotanda & Yussef El Guindi
directed by Kurt Beattie
January 22 & 23, 7:30 PM; January 24, 2:00 PM
Penthouse Theatre


The School of Drama New Play Workshop series is a celebration of new work and new voices in the American theatre. Each play in the series will be workshopped for 7-9 days with UW Drama students and guest artists. At the end of the process, each play will be presented in the form of a public reading.

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