"Compelling... evocative... timely... When every inconvenient truth is 'fake news', who's to say anymore if anything's true?"
Sam Hurwitt, Bay Area News Group

"Enthralling... [Ubuntu Theater Project] strikes gold again!"
Robert M. Gardiner, Theatrius

"Powerful... I was blown away!"
Jordan Nickles, OnStage Blog


Steven Ho Akutegawa
Christine Jamlig Wigmaker & Lady
Jomar Tagatac* Woodcutter & Samurai
Ogie Zulueta* Priest & Bandit


Adapted by Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Michael Socrates Moran
Set Design Marcel Castanchoa
                     Simon Trumble
Sound Design Barry Despenza
Costume Design Patricia Midy
Lighting Design Stephanie Anne Johnson
Composition Andrew Vargas
Assistant Director Mohammad Shehata
Fight Choreographer Dave Maier

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World Premiere

Aug 25–Sep 17


adapted by Philip Kan Gotanda
directed by Michael Moran

One event. Four versions. Within them, where is the truth? 

After the body of a murdered samurai is discovered in a forest in rural Japan, a notorious bandit claims responsibility for his death. In court, his fellow witnesses—the samurai’s wife, a priest, and a local woodcutter—all give conflicting accounts of the day’s events, causing the priest to question his faith in humanity. 

Acclaimed Bay Area playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s original adaptation of the classic Japanese short story is a timely drama for an era in which the accuracy of facts are regularly contested; and an incisive parable about the ways in which humanity's relationship to truth impacts the very foundations of society.


Fri, Aug 25 @ 8pm
Sat, Aug 26 @ 8pm - Opening Night
Sun, Aug 27 @ 7pm
Fri, Sep 1 @ 8pm
Sat, Sep 2 @ 8pm
Sun, Sep 3 @ 7pm
Thu, Sep 7 @ 8pm
Fri, Sep 8 @ 8pm
Sat, Sep 9 @ 8pm
Sun, Sep 10 @ 2pm
Thu, Sep 14 @ 8pm
Fri, Sep 15 @ 8pm
Sat, Sep 16 @ 8pm
Sun, Sep 17 @ 2pm

Tickets: $15-45 online;
               pay-what-you-can at the door