Photo Flash: DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL Celebrates Opening at Theatre Row

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Pan Asian Repertory Theatre continues its 36th Anniversary Season in tribute to Japan with the world premiere production of Ernest Abuba's DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL, now through June 9, 2013 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd St.). The production is directed by Pan Asian Rep's Artistic Producing Director, Tisa Chang and choreography is by Sachiyo Ito. BroadwayWorld has photos from May 23rd's opening night festivities below!

DOJOJI: The Man Inside the Bell embraces Eternal Love, Destiny and power of Transformation. It is a classic love story, reimagined for a new generation of audiences as a multimedia piece with classic dance, and a new script in English that reflects feudal Japan and the Anime world. The original story dates back to 931AD. During this period Japan was in an era of tumult and re-construction, as well changing forms of Shintoism and Buddhism.

DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL pays tribute to the Japanese parable about the Dojoji Temple seen in various Noh and Kabuki dance versions, popularized by the iconic transformation of a woman spurned into demon serpent whose wrath leads to devastation. Pan Asian Rep has commissioned a new multimedia script for the next generation to experience this timeless legend.

Pan Asian Rep continues its long association with DOJOJI choreographer Sachiyo Ito, who will also portray the dancing Spirit of Kiyohime. The cast of DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL also features Kiyo Takami, Toshiji Takeshima, and John Baray, Don Castro, Dinh Q. Doan, and David Shih.

DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL includes sets by Kaori Akazawa (RASHOMON, THE JOY LUCK CLUB), lights by Jiyoun Chang (CHING CHONG CHINAMAN, SHANGHAI LIL'S), costumes by Carol Pelletier(SHOGUN MACBETH, THREE TREES), video design by Robin Starbuck and sound design by Kevin Brouder. Production Stage Manager is Elis C. Arroyo, Assistant Stage Manager is Miriam Hyfler.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or online at For more information about DOJOJI, Pan Asian Rep and a schedule of weekday student matinee performances for middle and high school students, visit

Photo Credit: Corky Lee

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Ambassador Kenneth and Dr. Patricia Taylor

Noriko Yamamoto, Koichi Ai, Toshiji Takeshima, Masakasu Kigure, Kiyo Takami, Sachiyo Ito, Chiho Araki

Rumi Oyama, Wally Wong, Tisa Chang, Ron Nakahara, Tom Matsusaka

Tina Chen and Tisa Chang

Toshiji Takeshima, David Shih, Tisa Chang, John Baray, Dinh Q Doan, Don Castro, Sachiyo Ito, Ernest Abuba, Kiyo Takami

Tamio Spiegel and Dale Leach

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