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Kearns to play D.C.'s Kennedy Center
HPU prof one of six in nation to contribute play
by Kalamalama staff

HPU’s Dr. John Kearns, assistant dean for faculty matters and associate professor of history and humanities, is going to help produce one of his plays in the U.S. national theatre. Kearns is one of six U.S. playwrights selected to attend this year’s biennial New Vision/New Voices program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The program teams playwrights and directors with Kennedy Center professionals for a week of revising and rehearsing plays-in-progress, from May 13 through 19. At the end of the program, each play is presented as a staged reading to a conference of youth theater professionals from around the United States. Many of the plays that have gone through the program end up being staged throughout the country, according to Kearns.

Kearns


Kearns’ contribution, Dis/Troy, is a contemporary adaptation of Homer’s Iliad. The play was commissioned by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the only professional theater in the state of Hawai‘i. HTY, founded in 1955 and recognized nationally and worldwide for the quality and impact of its productions and drama education programs, submitted Kearn’s play to New Visions/New Voices. Kearns will travel to Washington with Mark Lutwak, HTY’s artistic director.

In 2000, Dr. Kearn’s play Pidg Latin was produced by HTY in a co-production with Kumu Kahua Theatre. The play was performed nearly 100 times on O‘ahu and the Neighbor Islands. Pidg Latin received the prestigious AT&T: OnStage award that year, was listed by Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council in their teen reading program, and was awarded the Kumu Kahua/UH Manoa “Hawai‘i” prize.

   

 

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