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New play by HPU dean takes on Troy

by Kalamalama staff


Dr. John Kearns, HPU’s assistant dean of academic administration and general education, was receiving accolades for his latest play, Dis/Troy, even before it was finished.


While still in its first draft, Kearns was invited to send the script to the John F. Kennedy Center’s New Visions, New Voices Festival last spring, where it excited interest from theatre managers around the country.

This month, Dis/Troy finally hits the stage. Presented by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the production goes on a statewide school tour through March 19. It opens for general audiences at the Tenney Theatre at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on four Saturdays: Feb. 28, March 6, 13, and 20, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Dis/Troy directed by Mark Lutwak, is an adaptation of Homer’s Iliad considered one of the greatest and earliest surviving pieces of epic poetry. It is a story of the men of Greece laying siege to the walls of Troy. Near-immortal Achilles must battle his pride and fate as he faces up to his duties and responsibilities. Filled with humor, sword fighting, and drama, the production is suitable for ages 10 and up.

An accomplished playwright, Kearns is also the author of Pidg Latin, which won the Hawai‘i Prize in the Kumu Kahua/University of Hawai‘i Playwriting Contest and received the prestigious AT&T Onstage Grant.

The Honolulu Theatre for Youth took Pidg Latin on the road to Hawai‘i’s middle and high schools in 2001. Along with a companion play, also written by Kearns, called How Kitty Got Her Pidgin Back, Pidg Latin was presented to sold-out audiences at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

Call 839-9885 to make reservations, or purchase tickets online at




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