Shakespeare's delirious comedy of fairies meddling in the romantic lives of mortals.
This production is presented in invented language. Two invented languages, actually, one for the Greeks and one for the Fairies. Shakespeare's original text is translated word-for-word, preserving the meter, but obscuring the literal meaning, and forcing the company to present the story through physicality, intonation and intention.
Oberon - Stephanie Keiko Kong
Titania - Victoria Brown-Wilson
Puck - Amrita Mallik
Fairy - Becky McGarvey
Fairy - Britni "Lolli" Keltz
Fairy - Taylor Turansky
Fairy - Rebekah Tandberg
Hermia - Alisa Boland
Lysander - Jordan Sasaki
Helena - Jennifer Fachan
Demetrius - Shayna Chung
Nick Bottom, the weaver - Christina Uyeno
Peter Quince - Jamie Bradner
Francis Flute, the bellows mender - Chelsea Cox
Robin Starveling, the tailor - Christina Torres
Tom Snout, the tinker - Judithanne Young
Snug, the joiner - Isabella Milei
Theseus - Leigh Sholler
Hippolyta - Emily Hoadley
Egeus - Eden-Lee Murray
Philostrate - Kamalani Gapol
The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (HSF) celebrates its fifteenth season, and the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare's death, with FREE admission to all performances. The fifteenth season includes Twelfth Night, opening July 8; The Witch of Edmonton, opening July 22; and A Midsummer Night's Dream, opening August 12.
The Festival kicks off with "Shakespeare's most perfect comedy," Twelfth Night. Jason Kanda directs this cross-dressing romantic comedy with a contemporary feel and gender-swapped leads. HSF veteran Brooke Jones plays the lovelorn Duke Orsino, while Carson Morneau and Gabriel "Adam" Brading star as Olivia and Viola, respectively.
The season continues with the Jacobean drama The Witch of Edmonton. Based on actual events from 1621 England, and featuring three intertwined plots of love, vengeance and the supernatural, The Witch of Edmonton is directed by Festival veteran Taurie Kinoshita and stars Stacy Ray as Mother Sawyer (the titular witch) and Nicolas Logue as the seductive Devil Dog.
The Festival concludes with A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented in invented language. The cast rely on inventive staging combined with vocal and physical expressiveness to convey the comedic tale of fairies interfering in the romantic lives of mortals. Directed by co-founder and producer Tony Pisculli, and starring Po'okela award-winners Stephanie Keiko Kong and Victoria Brown-Wilson as Oberon and Titania.
Admission is FREE at the door on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for $10 by calling1-800-838-3006 or online at HawaiiShakes.org. For more information, including maps and directions, visit HawaiiShakes.org.