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The Opening Up of Japan in 1853: An evening about Pacific Overtures

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Nov 22, 2004
Nov 22, 2004
Proshansky Auditorium

progra13The Opening Up of Japan in 1853: An evening about Pacific Overtures, a new production coming to Roundabout Theatre, produced by Gorgeous Entertainment

Join us for an extraordinary evening celebrating the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1976 musical masterpiece, Pacific Overtures, based on the production seen at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center Festival. This firework of an evening will feature a live performance segment from the upcoming production at the Roundabout Theatre, a stunning audio/visual presentation, and a lively discussion between Amon Miyamoto, the foremost director of musicals in Japan, who directed the revival, and Pulitzer Prizewinning historian, Dr. John W. Dower of MIT. The discussion will explore the cultural interactions and conflicts that resulted from the opening up of Japan by Commodore Perry and his “Black Ships” in 1853. Dr. Dower will present extraordinary artwork from both sides of this historic encounter. Additional artwork will be exhibited in the lobby this evening only. Panelists: John W. Dower, Elting T. Morison Professor of History, MIT; Carol Gluck (Moderator), George Sansom Professor of Japanese History, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Amon Miyamoto, director of musicals in Japan and the first Japanese director ever on Broadway; Michael Wolk, producer, Gorgeous Entertainment.

7 p.m., Monday, November 22, Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium
Res. Code 4814. Free. $10 suggested donation guarantees a seat; guaranteed seat to CUNY students who RSVP. Call Continuing Education and Public Programs at 1.212.817.8215, or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu.

Cosponsored by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; Gorgeous Entertainment; Scott Shunk, MIT “Visualizing Cultures, Black Ships, and Samurai” Project; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Apple Computer; Columbia University; The Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Roundabout Theatre Company; Japan Foundation; and the Consulate General of Japan in New York.