ASC at NJCU presents Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" as Shakespeare on Screen series ends

Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University screens Kurosawa’s “Throne of Blood” as a free, housewarming lead-in to its main stage "Macbeth" in March
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Jan. 31, 2012 - PRLog -- Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University will present "Shakespeare on Screen: Throne of Blood,”  the final event in a series of free screenings of  films based on or inspired by a play by the world’s most famous playwright.  Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 film, “Throne of Blood,” which transposes William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” to feudal Japan, will be screened on February 12 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 144 of NJCU’s Grossnickle Hall, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.
Refreshments will be served during a discussion of the film.  ASC resident artist James Rana produced the series.  
“Akira Kurosawa used film to introduce to the world the noble culture and history of Japan,” said Mr. Rana. “His second masterpiece “Throne of Blood” -- I consider “Seven Samurai” to be his first -- is one of the most powerful interpretations of “Macbeth”.
“Throne of Blood”’s screening is especially fortuitous for Shakespeare film buffs and ASC audiences, as it becomes a prelude to ASC’s main stage production of “Macbeth”, March 16 – April 1 at NJCU’s West Side Theater.
“The mission of Shakespeare on Screen is to share Shakespeare as interpreted by internationally renowned filmmakers with the public,” said Mr. Rana.  ASC at NJCU continues its broader mission of making Shakespeare accessible to all by making the screenings free.
For more information about “Shakespeare on Screen: Throne of Blood", call ASC at NJCU at 201-200-2390 or visit
NJCU’s Grossnickle Hall is conveniently on Kennedy Boulevard near Culver Avenue, just minutes from Routes 440, 1-9 and 78. There is ample parking in the University's lots and on Kennedy Boulevard.  Public transportation is available by Red & Tan bus 99-S from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City and bus 10 from Journal Square in Jersey City; and by Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to West Side Avenue.   For further directions, visit

ASC at NJCU became the University’s theatrical company-in-residence in 2008, making NJCU only the fourth institution of higher education in New Jersey to be affiliated with a professional theatre company.  The collaboration between the company, which is in its twelfth season, and NJCU began in 2005.  Since that time, NJCU and ASC at NJCU have partnered to present professional classical theatre to both the NJCU and wider Jersey City communities and NJCU faculty and students have been regularly involved in ASC productions and workshops.  
ASC at NJCU works through the NJCU Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey City University, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
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Season 2011 – 2012: Rough Magic

Christmas with Dickens & Dylan
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine
& A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Peter Galman
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
December 8 – 18, 2011

No Holds Bard: Much Ado About Nothing
Self-staged by the ASC Resident Artists
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Throne of  Blood, a film by Akira Kurosawa
Grossnickle Hall, NJCU Campus
Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colette Rice
West Side Theater, NJCU Campus
March 16 – April 1, 2012

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Colette Rice
June 2012
Times and places TBA

Call 201-200-2390 for more information.

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The Actors Shakespeare Company at New Jersey City University is a professional, non profit ensemble theater, entering into its Eleventh Season of service to the Hudson County area, and its sixth at New Jersey City University.
Source:Peter Galman, Marketing Director, ASC at NJCU
Tags:Hudson County, New Jersey, Film, Classic, Shakespeare, Kurosawa, Jersey City
Industry:Arts, Entertainment
Location:Jersey City - New Jersey - United States
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