Teacher, Teacher by Anthony Michael Oliver
will debut at Kumu Kahua Theatre May 17 and will run through
It is a local-style rendition of the Greek play Pygmalion directed
by Harry Wong III, Kumu Kahua artistic director.
Sharon Kido is an unmarried college English teacher who gets “pushed
over the edge” on the last day of class. With emotions
running high, she lashes out at her class, accusing them of being “drifters,
dreamers, and slobs” who are incapable of speaking, dressing,
or even walking properly. She tells them they have neither manners,
nor respect, or goals, or plans for their lives, and they have
discouraged her from teaching.
One student takes her words to heart. Gavin asks her to help
him change. During lessons over the summer, their relations becomes
more than just student and teacher, and as summer heats up, things
heat up the stage.
Anthony Michael Oliver won the 2002 Kumu Kahua Theatre/ University
of Hawai‘i-Manoa Kennedy Theatre Playwriting Contest Hawai‘i
prize for his play Theme Park. This play should be a promising
one as well, said Director Harry Wong, referring to the play’s
entertaining characters and life lessons.
The production will include sets designed by Justin DeLand, lights
by Abel Coelho, and costumes by Dusty Behner. The cast features
Kumu veterans Denise-Aiko Chinen as Sharon Kido, Chris Doi as
Gavin, M.J. Gonzalvo as Sean, and Salli K. Morita as Lauren Kido.
Teacher, Teacher performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. Tickets go on sale
Monday, April 30 and can be purchased with a credit card at 536-4441,
or at the Kumu Kahua Box Office at 46 Merchant Street in downtown
Honolulu. Ticket prices range from $5 to $16.