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Cymbeline
by William
Shakespeare

directed by
Reyn Afaga

Alas! Where is
thy head?


July 12–21, 2024

The ARTS
at Marks Garage


tapestry of romance and intrigue

Synopsis

Can you sound the cry of rebellion in your country while silencing it in your own house?

King Cymbeline rules with an iron fist over the British territory of the Roman Empire. His only daughter Imogen, dismayed by his cruelty, refuses her responsibility to continue the bloodline by marrying royalty, choosing instead to marry the low-born Posthumus for love. Their union sets off an incredible series of events that ultimately lead to the birth of independent Britain.

This production, set against the backdrop of the synthwave of the late 1980s, explores the ideas of love, jealousy, nationalism, identity and sacrifice in a fast-paced, irreverent take on one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known but thoroughly delightful comedies.

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Cast

Cymbeline
Sharon Garcia Doyle
Queen
Andrea Valencia
Imogen
Kirstyn Trombetta
Posthumus
Shane Chung
Pisanio
Ariana Agodong
Cloten
Mikal Reese
Iachimo
Brando Cutts
Belarius
Jason Kanda
Guiderius
Jake Escoto
Arviragus
Victorino Santos
Caius Lucius
Pono Cummings
Jailer
Shayla-Ann Santos
Cornelius
Alten Kiakona
Philario
Julia LoPresti


Titus Andronicus
by William
Shakespeare

directed by
Taurie Kinoshita

Dost thou not perceive
that Rome is but
a wilderness of tigers?


August 3–11, 2024

The ARTS
at Marks Garage


Roman general among ruins

Synopsis

Titus Andronicus is a play about the collapse of a civilization.

The titular character, Titus Andronicus, returns from decades of war battling the fierce Goths, having dedicated his entire life, his family and his very being to an idea of Rome—a Rome of order, honor, courage, and justice. So profound is his belief in law and justice that he kills his own son in a misguided sense of duty.

Titus then negotiates a series of unimaginable tragedies, as the world collapses around him, bringing him to the brink of madness. After unrelenting horrors, Titus becomes an instrument of revenge. Yet revenge is destructive, creating cyclical chaos; it is antithetical to an organized, functioning community

This production sets the action in contemporary America, urging us not to turn a blind eye to our own potential ruin. Never has Shakespeare’s “most violent play” been more relevant.


Cast

Titus
Adrian Khactu
Tamora
Carolyn Grace Corley
Lavinia
Maya Berengue
Lucius
Alaka‘i Cunningham
Saturninus
Kyle Conner
Chiron
Alysia Kepa‘a
Demetrius
Kaipo Dudoit
Aaron
Stuart Featheran
Ensemble
Noah Nakachi
Ensemble
Philip Ikaika Foster
Ensemble
Kekoa Shope
Ensemble
Jeremy Keuma
Ensemble
Bumi Tate
Ensemble
Kealaula “Lala” Fafili
Ensemble
Yasmin Galvis
Ensemble
Grace (Momi) Reynon
Ensemble
Ember Isabelo
Ensemble
Sanae Tokumura


As You Like It
by William
Shakespeare

directed by
Swaine Kaui

Can one desire
too much
of a good thing?


August 9–17, 2024

Hawaiian
Mission Houses


wedding in the forest of Arden

Synopsis


When Rosalind, daughter of the deposed Duke Senior, is banished from her uncle’s estate, she flees to the wilderness disguised as a man and accompanied by her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone. There she encounters a community of displaced souls, including her father and the noble Orlando, with whom she falls deeply in love.

This production brings a fresh perspective to Shakespeare’s classic by setting it in the American South. The rich, melodic drawl of Southern accents brings Shakespeare’s language to life, adding a layer of warmth and authenticity that resonates with the play’s themes of love, loss and reunion and invites the audience to experience the story through a new and vivid lens.

The lush, atmospheric setting of the outdoor stage at Hawaiian Mission Houses provides a perfect backdrop for the play’s exploration of transformation and renewal in Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden.

Cast

Rosalind
Sorcha McCarrey
Celia
Violette Skilling
Orlando
John D’aversa
Oliver
Manny Moreno
Phoebe
Christine Lamborn
Silvius
Alex Bishop
Touchstone
Brett Williams
Jacques
Eden Lee Murray
Duke Senior
Ryan Philips
Duke Fredrick / Charles
Juvy Lucina
Amiens
Anuhea Magnani
Corin / Audrey
Aiko Chinen
Hymen / Sir Oliver
Andrew Chow
Le Beau / Lord
Adam Kalma