Monday, March 23, 2009

Artistic Differences Presents Sacramento Premiere

A deadly affair. A mysterious murder. A crisis of faith. New York stories of lust, greed, faith, loss and redemption are explored in this musical libretto. From the company who brought you Falsettos, Hair, Bare and Assassins, Artistic Differences Theatre Company announces the Sacramento Premiere of See What I Wanna See, directed by Ken Figeroid with Musical Direction by Paul Galloway.

Based on three short stories by the groundbreaking Japanese writer Ryunosuke Akutagawa, this unique theatre piece takes us from ancient Japan to modern day New York City with three tales that are sensual, suspenseful, and inspiring. Michael John LaChiusa transformed these stories into a compelling musical journey exploring the themes of power, perception and the truth.

The stories unfold like a classical Japanese screen painting. “Kesa and Morito” tells the tale of two lovers who secretly plot to kill each other. “R Shomon” takes the story that inspired the classic Japanese film “Rashomon” and transforms it to a gritty, jazzy tale of 1950’s New York. “Glory Day” transports us to 21st Century New York, where a priest struggles with his loss of faith.

See What I Wanna See premiered on October 11, 2005 at the Public Theater in an extended run. New York Magazine listed See What I Wanna See as one of the Best Musicals of 2005. The production was nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical.

Artistic Differences continues to bring provocative and unusual theatrical works to Sacramento audiences. See What I Wanna See is no exception.

See What I Wanna See opens April 3rd and runs through May 3rd, 2009 at California Stage (formerly The Space), 2509 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. - Sundays at 7:00 p.m.. Tickets are $18.00 General - $15.00 students/Seniors 65+. Reserve your seat now at or call (916) 708-3449.

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