Kearns contribution, Dis/Troy, is a contemporary adaptation
of Homers Iliad. The play was commissioned by the Honolulu
Theatre for Youth, the only professional theater in the state
of Hawaii. HTY, founded in 1955 and recognized nationally
and worldwide for the quality and impact of its productions
and drama education programs, submitted Kearns play
to New Visions/New Voices. Kearns will travel to Washington
with Mark Lutwak, HTYs artistic director.
In 2000, Dr. Kearns play Pidg Latin was produced by
HTY in a co-production with Kumu Kahua Theatre. The play was
performed nearly 100 times on Oahu and the Neighbor
Islands. Pidg Latin received the prestigious AT&T: OnStage
award that year, was listed by Hawaii Literary Arts
Council in their teen reading program, and was awarded the
Kumu Kahua/UH Manoa Hawaii prize.