Drama - Original

Music Box Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: January 27, 1959
  • Closing Date: June 13, 1959
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 159

Playwright: Michael Kanin, Fay Kanin


In this stage adaptation of the 1950 Japanese film, multiple perspectives recount the tale of a bandit who may or may not have murdered a stranger he came upon in the woods and raped the man's wife.


Opening Night Cast

Jack Bittner Deputy
Claire Bloom in Rashomon Claire Bloom Wife
Elsa Freed Medium
Oscar Homolka Wigmaker
Michael Shillo Priest
Rod Steiger Bandit
Akim Tamiroff Woodcutter
Ruth White Mother
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Fay Kanin Writer
  Michael Kanin Writer
  Peter Glenville Staging
  Oliver Messel Scenic Design
  Oliver Messel Costume Design
  Jo Mielziner Lighting Design
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Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Outstanding Set Design Oliver Messel Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1959 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Oliver Messel Nominee
1959 Direction (pre-1960) Peter Glenville Nominee
1959 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Oliver Messel Nominee
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