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
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