Issue #204 — Alia, e maliu, e hiu
Aloha everyone, and welcome to Issue 204 of Hitting the Stage!
This week, we have a feature on the Hawaiian Theatre Symposium held at Kennedy Theatre last Thursday, October 13. Our staff writer Kevin C. K. Berg writes about this culturally rich and day-long event in Hungry for More Hana Keaka. This symposium was the first of its kind, and with it the spirit of theatre that is true to Hawai'i and Hawaiians here and around the world continues to burn brightly.
Lots of theatre going on this week! Opening this Saturday is Wanted: A Princess, produced at Kaimuki High School. This production, while aimed at younger audiences, is sure to be fun for the whole family. Also opening this week Friday at Palikū Theatre is Metamorphoses, the Mary Zimmerman play that recounts Greek mythological tales for a modern audience. A bit more mature, Metamorphoses is recommended for audiences 12+.
Finally, opening tomorrow night and running through this Sunday only is the Kennedy Theatre Primetime production, A House Divided. This play was written with the current state of not only Hawaiian sovereignty in mind, but also the tumultuous state of affairs the world finds itself in right now. A cautionary tale set in the future, this immersive production hopes to continue, if not spark, many conversations. Since this piece features strong language and simulated violence, it is recommended that audiences come prepared and may want to leave the little ones at home.
We thank you, our loyal and/or new readers, for continuing with Hitting the Stage on this journey to engage and talk about theatre that is happening in our state. Please continue to support live theatre in Hawai'i so that we can all grow our theatre community together.
Added October 20, 2016: Clara Whippy reviews Honolulu Theatre for Youth's latest, Can You Hear My Hands, in Window Into Deaf Culture Leaves Hands Full of Reflections. The show, specially geared towards deaf and hearing-challenged audiences, plays until November 5th. Also, Wil Kahele reviews the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's A House Divided in A Future Lesson from the Past. This immersive theatre experience puts the audience smack dab in the middle of the action as a Hawaiian gala is seized by protestors. The show plays until this Sunday, October 23rd.