Ancient demi-gods from opposite
ends of the world meet as goofball modern-day superheroes in
HTY’s first play of the new year, the world premiere
of Maui vs. Hercules.
The play was commissioned from and written by local playwright
Yokanaan Kearns, better known to the HPU community as Dr. John
Kearns, Ph.D., associate vice president of Academic Programs.
It opens as the demi-god Maui uses his magic hook to fish up
a brand new island, one where he can be king and no longer be
told what to do (in fact his first decree is to outlaw all hula
Just as Maui is getting settled, Hercules arrives looking for
an island where he can rule without being pestered to practice
his epic poetry. What follows is a hilarious competition filled
with dangerous quests, surprising twists, and a visit from a
mysterious woman who seems to know a little too much about both
Maui is played by longtime HTY company actor Junior Tesoro; Hercules
is played by a recent addition to the HTY company, Swaine Kaui.
British actor Mary Wells plays Britney.
Artistic Director Eric Johnson said, “We’re pleased
to present this world premiere of Yokanaan Kearns’s newest
play. By giving Maui and Hercules human foibles and problems,
he embraces the “demi” in their demi-god status and
shows us that even heroes have a lot to learn.
As a father, a Hawai‘i local, and a classics professor
at HPU, Kearns was the perfect person to give us this funny glance
into a mythology that might have been.”
Set and props are designed by H. Bart McGeehon; costume design
is by Nara Cardenas; sound design is by Kalai Stern and Pierre
Grill; choreography is by Kalai Stern.
Maui vs. Hercules opens Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at Tenney Theatre,
St. Andrew’s Cathedral. It plays Saturdays, Jan. 19 and
26 and Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Showtimes are 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
An American Sign Language-interpreted performance will be staged
on Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are $8 for children, college students with ID, and seniors
age 60 and over; adults are $16. Active duty military receive
one free child admission with the purchase of each regularly
priced adult ticket.
Call the HTY box office at 839-9885.