The famous stories of Akutagawa were adapted for Broadway for Claire Bloom, Rod Steiger, Akim Tamiroff and Oscar Homolka. The wife of a Samurai officer is assaulted and her husband killed by a roving bandit. Contradictory versions of what happened are reenacted at the trial by the bandit, the wife and the dead husband who speaks through a sorceress. Each version is true in its fashion.


The Priest – Steve Schlehlein

The Woodcutter – Jerry Colbert

The Wigmaker – Charles Rolli

The Deputy – Steve Doelder

The Bandit – Roger Fischer

The Husband – Dennis Combs

The Wife – Marilyn Zimmermann

The Mother – Jean Deltgen

The Medium – Sherry Kunde

Production Staff

Director/ Designer: James Loeffler

Stage Manager: Susan Sprenger

Assistant to Director: Susan Sprenger

Assistant to Designer: Pal Scahill

Technical Manager: Henry Weimann Jr.

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light Design: Don Zastrow

Sound Design: Carter VonRautenkranz

Properties: Betty Segor

Make-Up Design: Mary Keen

Co-Chairman: Arliss Schramm

Hair Styles: Vicki Holzwart

Master Carpenters: Walter Weimann, Mark Karsack, Ludwig Johst

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Production Photographer: Rick Gustafson