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Both Your Houses
by
Susan Soon He Stanton

directed by
Tony Pisculli

Starting
something
is brave


August 2022

actor on stage

Synopsis

Mainland regional theatre company Theatre Right Now’s production of Romeo and Juliet has just gone into extension, but the new Juliet has heard troubling rumors about the Artistic Director and is asking uncomfortable questions. Will Theatre Right Now survive? Should it survive?

From Emmy-award winning local writer Susan Soon He Stanton, this riveting new play takes place backstage in a series of hurried and hushed conversations between the scenes of Romeo and Juliet.

This production runs in rep and shares a cast with Romeo and Juliet.

Cast

Joe (Romeo)
Ben Walsh
Ode (Juliet)
Elexis Draine
Nate (Lord Capulet)
Dan Connell
Nikki (Lady Capulet)
Romyn Sabatchi
Joby (Friar Laurence)
Alex Monti Fox
Luis (Tybalt)
Kahiau Machado
Reggie (Mercutio)
P. J. Souza
Tasha (Lady Montague)
Cori Matsuoka
Annie (Nurse)
Monica Bennett
Seamus (Paris)
Jake Rachels
Patrice (Associate AD)
Lillian Jones
Monty (Assistant SM)
Nicholas Gianforti
Emma (Wardrobe)
Rebecca Mahar
Vee (Stage Manager)
Alyssa Reyes
Kevin (Light board op)
Kevin Molina


Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

directed by
Jordan Cho

Some shall be pardon’d
and some punished ...


August 2022
letters to Juliet

Synopsis

What happens when love wins but lessons of accountability and compassion are learned too little too late?

The houses of Montague and Capulet have terrorized the streets of Verona for years with their age-old and all-consuming vendetta.

While born into this feud, Romeo and Juliet, after a fateful meeting, fall instantly and profoundly in love. Out of devotion to one another, and in defiance of the violent world they have inherited, they are quickly and secretly married.

While these star-crossed lovers are doomed to die at the hands of their families’s hate, it is not young love but their attempts to escape the oppressive systems of society that has sealed their fate.

This production runs in rep and shares a cast with Both Your Houses.

Cast

Romeo
Emily Wright
Lord Montague
Joel Sampson
Lady Montague
Cori Matsuoka
Mercutio
Stephanie Keiko Kong
Benvolio
Rebecca Mahar
Abraham
P. J. Souza
Juliet
Elexis Draine
Lord Capulet
Dan Connell
Lady Capulet
Romyn Sabatchi
Nurse
Monica Bennett
Tybalt
Kahiau Machado
Friar Laurence
Alex Fox
Paris
Jake Rachels


The Taming
of the Shrew

by William Shakespeare

directed by
Taurie Kinoshita

It shall be
moon, or star,
or what I list ...

August 2022

untamed shrew

Synopsis

In recent years, public sentiment has transformed Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew from one of his most-loved plays (for its physical comedy and sexual banter) to one of his most loathed (for its abusive primary relationship).

Cruel Theatre founder Taurie Kinoshita tackles this problematic play with a materialist feminist deconstruction that takes place in 1950s America straightjacketed by traditional sexual mores and gender roles, then gender swaps several characters.

Kate is the man. Petruchio is the woman. Some male characters are played by men, some by women; some female characters are played by women, some by men.

What follows remains one of Shakespeare’s great, comic romances, viewed through a subversive lens. Kate learns to love Petruchio, and Petruchio falls in love with Kate—and characters are who they know and believe themselves to be.

Fun for the whole family.

Cast

Baptista Minola
Noah Schuetz
Lucentio
Jake Cillian Wolf
Gremio
Stu Hirayama
Christopher Sly
Hamilton Wallace Clement
Lord
Michael Hoenig
Page
Thomalin Sirivattha
Tranio
Brandon Hagio
Hortensio
Phillip Ikaika Foster
Katherine
Manuel A. Moreno
Grumio
Alysia Kepaa
Petruchio
Noah Nakachi
Bianca
Chivalry Butler
Widow / Pedant
Kahana Ho
Servingman / Huntsman
Reece Flores
Vincentio / Priest
D. Aiko Chinen
Curtis
Jeremy Keuma