February 27, 2013
John Lamb

'Mukashi Mukashi: Asian Tales From Long Ago'

Mukashi Mukashi puppet
Mukashi Mukashi puppets and costumes are courtesy of the Saint Louis University Costume Shop.

SLU Theatre will perform Louise Hung's Mukashi Mukashi: Asian Tales From Long Ago March 1-3 in the Xavier Hall Blackbox Theatre.

Show times are as follows:

  • 7 p.m. Friday, March 1
  • 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3

General admission is $5; children ages 10 and under are free. 

"Mukashi Mukashi" means "Ancient Ancient"  and is the storytelling equivalent of "Once Upon A Time." Using typical things from everyday life — from a toothbrush to a blanket — SLU Theatre created puppets that will tell a not-so-typical story.

This colorful, family-fun production features classic Asian tales, told by Hoichi, the blind poet, about a mysterious crane maiden and Chu, the wily trickster. People and puppets perform these famous tales from China and Japan and prove that magic is around you everyday.

About the playwright

Louise Hung, a 2004 alumna of Saint Louis University Theatre, has returned for a three-week residency in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts to re-create this theatre piece she produced as part of her requirement for an MFA at the University of California Los Angeles.

This residency has included working with Lou Bird, costume shop manager and associate professor in Fine and Performing Arts, to build the amazing puppets used in the show to tell classic Asian folk tales. She has also worked with students to teach them the handling of puppets in acting this piece. Also used in the production to tell the tales are traditional shadow puppets, which are manipulated behind a screen to cast a silhouette.

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