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Masked Acts: Butterfly Lovers, Kyogen Shakespeare, and Topeng Panji (PAST SHOW)

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 12:00am to Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 12:00am

Is gender just a “masked act”?—explore classics that use mask performance to let performers cross the gender divide and explore how performance questions the cultural performance of gender roles. 

Scenes from the Chinese classic "Butterfly Lovers" tells of Zhu Engtai who disguises herself as a male to study at the Confucian Academy and conceives a passion for Liang Shanbo. Can love triumph over family and the heavens? 

“Twelfth Night,” in Japanese Kyogen style, will explore the comedy of gender confusion. 

The Javanese hero Prince Panji doesn’t fully understanding his attraction to this mysterious puppeteer who turns out to be the beloved Princess Candra Kirana as a ogre king with no respect for women takes over the land. The mysteries of passions that begin in heaven, bodies where gender is performed as a mask, and faces that can change will be explored using classical stories, music, and dance from classical Asian performance.

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Friday–Sunday, March 3–5 &

Thursday–Sunday, March 9–12



Free for UCSC students (with valid student ID), $12 general, $11 seniors, $11 students. UCSC staff, faculty and Alumni Assoc. members with ID may purchase up to 2 tickets at the student price. 

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Late comers will be seated at the discretion of theater management.


Parking: $4

Doors open 30-minutes prior to performance.