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Kuwento Tells Strange, Twisty Tales from Japan and the Philippines

Three tales of love, adventure, and wonder streams on YouTube.
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Theatre Lapis will present Kuwento: Revisited Tales of Japan and the Philippines. The online release will be on the Theatre Lapis Youtube page on December 18th, 2020, featuring renowned Filipino actor and master storyteller Bodjie Pascua, international theater artists Charley Magalit, Earle Figuracion, Natsumi Kuroda, and other international collaborators.

"The stories are twisty and full of enchantment—deliciously strange tales even adults will get a kick out of, brought to life by a talented international cast (that was such a pleasure to work with) and by beautiful artwork," said Pascua.

Kwento: Revisited Tales of Japan and the Philippines is available to the Philippines and audiences across the globe for the first time. Kuwento is a digital storytelling exploration of Japanese folktales told in English. In this premiere, it will feature The Tale of Princess Kaguya Momotaro and The Fisher Boy Urashima. This cross-cultural, international collaboration is supported by The Japan Foundation, Manila. 

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“It is our hope that in experiencing these stories audiences will open their hearts and minds to other cultures and perspectives. We are thrilled to share these first three stories and look forward to developing more work in future renditions,” said Earle Figuracion, project head and actor for Kuwento

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Théatre Lapis premiered on the New York stage in spring 2012 with its production of the musical Ordinary Days. Its aim is to question traditional boundaries including those that exist between musical and straight plays, between western and eastern cultures, and to seek other frontiers. 

Théatre Lapis is under the artistic direction of Yojiro Ichikawa.

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