Hawaiian Mission Houses’ ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ Begins 8/12/16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HAWAIIAN MISSION HOUSES HISTORIC SITE AND ARCHIVES
ANNOUNCES ITS AUGUST 2016 PRODUCTION OF TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives will present Two Gentlemen of Verona on Friday and Saturday evenings on August 12, 13, 19, 20 and 26, 27, 2016, on site at 553 South King Street. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and the play begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 per person, $20 for students and seniors 65+. MISSION Cafe will have a special menu for this event or you are invited to picnic on the lawn prior to the play.
Two Gentlemen of Verona is considered by some to be Shakespeare’s first play. It shows his use of the motifs with which he would later deal in more detail; such as a heroine dressing as a boy. The play features the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love.
The play will be directed by William Ha‘o who directed last summer’s The Tempest, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in 2014, Twelf Nite O Wateva! in 2013, and performed in Hawaiian Mission Houses’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2012. He has also directed for Hawaiian Mission Houses’ Cemetery Pupu Theatre series.
Costumes will be designed and constructed by Carlynn and Rose Wolfe.
The cast includes Troy Apostol as Speed, Nick Atiburcio as Thurio, Lacey Chu as Julia, Mike deYcaza as Duke, Brandon DiPaola as Valentine, Jim Hesse as Antonio, Kahana Ho as Innkeeper, Nick Jeffs as Proteus, Melanie Kohler as Silvia, Gabriel Ramirez as Sir Eglamour, Steve Royal as Panthino, Karen Valasek as Lucetta, Richard Valasek as Launce, and Ginnie Wolf as Crab.
Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is proud to host its fifth annual Shakespeare theatrical production, Two Gentlemen of Verona, on Kahua Ho‘okipa, an outdoor stage in the backyard of the oldest in situ house in Hawai‘i. It is the only theatrical venue in the islands that presents regular outdoor productions. The coral blocks used in creating the Kahua Ho‘okipa came from the old court house built in 1852 and demolished in 1868 to make room for Amfac Center, now Topa Towers. These historic blocks now form the walls of the stage and garden.
HMH has focused on Shakespeare because many missionaries loved Shakespeare’s plays. Reverend Gulick, for example, was said to walk around with the Bible under one arm and Shakespeare under the other. Highlighting the broader interests of the Protestant missionaries to Hawai‘i helps to humanize them for people today.
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Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District and is the leading authority on Protestant missionary history in Hawai‘i. It is known worldwide as the place where the Hawaiian written language was developed through the collaborative efforts of the missionaries and the ali‘i (the Hawaiian royalty) and the Hawaiian people. It preserves the two oldest documented houses in Hawai‘i, which were built and used by missionaries in the early nineteenth century, and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world.
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