Wednesday, February 8, 2012



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, transposes William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to feudal Japan

WHEN: Sunday, February 12, at 3:00 PM
WHERE: Room 144 of NJCU’s Grossnickle Hall*, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.
For more information about Shakespeare on Screen: Throne of Blood, call ASC at NJCU at 201.200.2390 or visit

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.

*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.