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"A Walking Shadow" at Paliku Theatre

"A Walking Shadow" at Paliku Theatre

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A Walking Shadow

Paliku Theatre

Oct 19-27

Fri, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 4:00pm, 10/24 Wed 4:00pm, 10/25-10/27 Thu-Sat 7:30pm


KĀNE‘OHE, HI – Windward Community College presents A Walking Shadow, written by Taurie Kinoshita and performed by Windward CC Theatre 260 students onstage at Palikū Theatre October 19 through October 27. The performance chronicles the tragic and true story of Myles Fukunaga, a mentally ill 19-year-old, who was executed on Oahu in 1929. This heartbreaking, expressionistic drama recounts Fukunaga’s horrifying descent into madness, his unspeakable crime, and the ultimate injustice of his trial and death sentence.  


Show dates and times:

October 19 & 20 (Fri. and Sat.), 7:30 p.m. (Post-show talk with cast on Saturday, October 20)  

October 21 (Sun.), 4:00 p.m.

October 24 (Wed.), 4:00 p.m.

October 25 – 27 (Thurs. – Sat.), 7:30 p.m.

Ticket information:

$10 Students (14+ and college students with ID), Seniors (65+), Military (with ID)
$15 Adults


Purchase Tickets online at https://www.windward.hawaii.edu/paliku/ or

https://windward.hawaii.edu/theatre/events.php  or call (808) 779 – 3456 for more information.

Due to adult situations and themes, this play is recommended for ages 16 and older. Running time is 80 minutes.
Myles Fukunaga was the eldest of seven children born to immigrant parents from Japan. He was a brilliant student, and his only dream in life was to go to college and continue his education. However, his family’s extreme poverty meant that Myles had to work full-time to support his brothers and sisters. Utterly isolated, Myles became severely depressed and attempted suicide two times.

On September 18, 1928, Myles, now severely mentally ill, copy-catted the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case in Chicago. Unlike the Leopold and Loeb case, and despite being mentally ill, Myles Fukunaga was sentenced to death. His defense attorneys did not call a single witness. The jurors at his trial had read biased reports on Myles in the papers. Appeals for clemency and psychiatric evaluations were denied. 19-year-old Myles Fukunaga was hung in an Oahu prison. By contrast, that same year, other murderers were only sentenced to life imprisonment.

A Walking Shadow deals with agency—mental and cultural—exploring the consequences of racism, lack of representation and the plight of those afflicted with mental illness. Using transcripts of interviews, the story is told from the perspective of Fukunaga, and will take the audience into the mind of someone who is troublingly sick.  A Walking Shadow is a real-life horror story, far scarier and more unsettling than typical Halloween tales.  

Each performance will be preceded by special Pre-Show Talks on mental illness starting 15 minutes before the beginning of the show.

For more information about A Walking Shadow, contact Director Taurie Kinoshita at 808-779-3456 or taurie@hawaii.edu. To learn more about Theatre 260 and other theatre classes offered at Windward Community College, contact Assistant Professor Nicolas Logue at 808-236-9138, logue@hawaii.edu or go online to windward.hawaii.edu. For more information about Palikū Theatre, please visit palikutheatre.com.  

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