APAC Original Play Festival XXIV
APAC CASTS 24th ANNUAL ORIGINAL PLAY FESTIVAL
Aloha Performing Arts Company received a record 424 entries for its 24th annual Original Play Festival, from 10 countries, 43 of the United States, and the District of Columbia. A committee of 13 readers screened the scripts over two months and selected eight for the four day festival in August. Five directors were chosen and recently held auditions. A corps of 18 actor/readers was cast to present the staged readings of the plays. They are Stephen Alves, Alana Baxter, Allen Eggleston, Joel Gimpel, Shelene Grey, Steven Grey, Tiffany Kutsunai, Gordon Lindquist, Rhonda Lindquist, Topher Mann, Martin Dwyer, Kerry Matsumoto, Brett McCardle, Rich Mears, Joel Michaelson, Mark Murdock, Elizabeth Rollins, and Janemarie Singer.
OPF XXIV will be presented August 16-19 at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Wednesday, the festival opens with "Setting the Moon," a comic mystery by Thomas Durkin of Johnstown, Ohio, directed by Tiffany Kutsunai. Thursday evening features a quintuple bill of short plays. First up is "Slaughterhouse," a dark comedy by Leland Frankel of Cambridge, Massachusetts, directed by Catherine Williams. Next is "Zombies R Us," a futuristic farce by Rhea MacCallum of Downey, California, directed by Robin O'Hara. After an intermission, the plays resume, with ""Exceeding the Purchasable Calories," a zany comedy also by MacCallum, directed by Annabelle Treacy. "Garden Variety" is next, a "flower power" comedy by R.A. Pauli of Annapolis, Maryland, directed by Catherine Williams. The evening concludes with "In the Wrong Cafe," an internet inspired farce by Jim Moss of Tampa, Florida, directed by Robin O'Hara.
Friday's offering is "Mother's Wishes," a dysfunctional family dramedy by Lynn Robert of Dubuque, Iowa, directed by Ellen Farnsworth. The festival closes on Saturday night with "Neil Simon's Last Hit," a "show biz" comedy by Jack Feldstein of Jackson Heights, New York, directed by Robin O'Hara. All plays are presented as staged readings, with simple technical presentation and actors holding scripts. On Sunday, August 20 at 2:30 p.m., APAC will host a free public potluck celebration on the Aloha Theatre stage to honor all participants in the festival. At this event, those who have witnessed all the staged readings may vote for the"Opie," a people's choice award for best script of the festival. The winning script will be forwarded to APAC's Artistic Kokua Committee for consideration as a possible future mainstage production. Tickets to OPF XXIV are $5.00 per night, or an OPF XXIV Festival Pass is available for $15.00 Tickets and passes are available online at AlohaTheatre.com, by phone Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or at the theatre box office beginning one hour before performance time. For tickets or more information, call 322-9924.