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by Krystal Choate, student writer

HPU Theatre Director Joyce Maltby announced the cast of the University’s spring production, Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife, last week Monday. The play will open in April at HPU’s Paul and Vi Loo Theatre on the Hawai‘i Loa campus and will run through May.

Set in London during the 1920’s, The Constant Wife focuses on the relationship between love, power, and money. Maugham’s clever writing adds laughter to the story of a surgeon’s affair with his wife’s best friend. Constance Middleton, the wife, played by Bree Bumatai, handles her husband’s affair in an unusual way, one that forces the audience to redefine marriage.

HPU individualized theatre major Julianne Bernath was cast in the role of Martha Culver (Constance’s sister). Bernath played a small role in The Imaginary Invalid, a play for which she was also assistant director.

Other roles went to actresses well known in local theater. Sylvia Hormann-Alper will play Mrs. Culver (Constance’s mother) and Becky Maltby will play Marie-Louise Durham (Constance’s friend and John’s lover). Both Maltby and Durham are Po‘okela winners.

Remaining roles include Virginia Jones as Barbara Fawcett (Constance’s friend), Patricia Torres as Bernard Kersal (also in love with Constance), and Rob Duval as John (Constance’s husband).
The Constant Wife will open April 4 and run through May 4.Watch these pages for times and prices, or call the theatre box office at 375-1282.


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