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by Michele Shackelford, staff writer

Teacher, Teacher by Anthony Michael Oliver will debut at Kumu Kahua Theatre May 17 and will run through June 17.

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.

 

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