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Japanese Kyogen
Power & Folly: Japanese Satire for the 21st Century

April 19 & 20, 2017,  9:00am & 10:30am

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Directed by Dr. Julie Iezzi, UHM Asian Theatre Professor

Populated by wily servants, self-important lords, larger than life mountain ascetics, city slickers, and country bumpkins, this Japanese medieval comic form is as accessible to 21st century global audiences as it has been to Japanese crowds for 600 years. While comedy brings much needed laughter into our lives, it has also long been a gently yet effective way of delivering political and social criticism. This production will stage a wide array of kyogen plays, from classical to newly written, including a “Hawai‘i kyogen” that will leave you laughing  – and thinking – about some important  issues facing us today.

Suitable for audiences ages 8 and up.
Note: Performed in the UHM Campus Center Ballroom.

Reserve space by December 15, 2016 for only $5 per patron – OFFER EXTENDED!
Ideal for grades 3-12

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Previous School Productions this Season


By Sophocles, adapted for young audiences by Greg Banks
Directed by Mark Branner, UHM Theatre Professor

Performances at 9:00am & 10:30am
MON-THU, September 19-22, 2016

After both of her brothers die on opposing sides of a civil war, Antigone dares to defy King Creon, her uncle, by burying her “traitor” brother.  This unique presentation of the classic Greek play explores the boundaries of honor and duty for young people in every generation.  Testing the conflicts of family versus state, moral conviction versus national law and individual responsibility versus communal harmony, this TYA Antigone is a furiously explosive and fast-paced thrill ride. Uniquely situated in an outdoor natural setting. Run time approximately 45 minutes. Suitable for middle and high school audiences.  Note: Antigone is performed outdoors and is lawn seating.

Ideal for grades 4-12
Ground seating

Twelfth Night


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul T. Mitri, UHM Theatre Professor

Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 2017
at 9:30am

In this production, Shakespeare meets Strictly Ballroom. Illyria is a mythical, glitzy place where the inhabitants are in love with themselves and the idea of being in love.  Into this world comes the shipwrecked Viola, grieving from her twin brother’s presumed death.  She disguises herself as a male page in the service of Count Orsino and is called upon to woo the Countess Olivia for her master.  Alas, a comic love triangle develops as Viola falls in love with Orsino, who is madly in love with Olivia, who then falls for the “boy” who is Orsino’s messenger.  The play satirizes what is and isn’t real in the world of love and superficial adoration.  Set to the background of Big Band music and tangos,foxtrots and mambos, this production epitomizes the first line, “If music be the food of love, play on!”

Suitable for audiences ages 10 and up.
Note: Twelfth Night will be performed in the UHM Campus Center Ballroom.

Ideal for grades 4-12