Arts and Entertainment
January 21, 2014From: Aurora Fox Arts Center
Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Based on short stories by RyÅ«nosuke Akutagawa, as translated by Takashi Kojima
Directed by Robert Michael Sanders
Music Directed by Heather Hall
"See What I Wanna See," a musical about lust, greed, murder, faith and redemption, was named by New York Magazine as one of the Best Musicals of 2005 and nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical. It is based on three short stories by the Japanese writer RyÅ«nosuke Akutagawa and unfolds like a classical Japanese screen painting. In "Kesa and Morito," set in medieval Japan, two lovers sing of the ecstasy and torment of their illicit affair and their determination to end it that night. Neither knows the other's intent. "R Shomon," set in 1951, New York City, follows the investigation of a crime of passion and the witnesses' contradicting versions of the event and where everyone's truth may be a lie. In "Gloryday," a priest, during a crisis of faith after a terrible tragedy strikes the city, plays a practical joke by posting an anonymous letter in Central Park declaring that Christ will appear, rising from the pond. On the day of the miracle only the priest sees what his lie becomes.
The cast, performing multiple roles, includes Chanel Karimkhani (Kesa / Wife / Actress), Steven Burge (Janitor / Priest), Brian Walker Smith (Morito / Husband / CPA), Lisa Mumpton (Medium / Aunt Monica) and Daniel Langhoff (Thief / Reporter).
Date: February 14 - March 9, 2014
Times: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. & Monday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013.
Cost: $27 Adult | $19 Student| $24 Group (6+)