Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
L. Jacob, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)
LATE NIGHT THEATRE GOES GREEK WITH "THE
The University of Hawai'i at M~noa's
Department of Theatre and Dance presents "The Cyclops," a crass and playful
comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Euripides. The first production of
Late Night Theatre's 2004-2005 season, "The Cyclops", features a spirited
and brassy translation by Paul Roche and is directed by UHM student Ashley
Larson. "The Cyclops" will be performed at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on
September 18, 24, and 25 at 11 p.m., and Sept. 19 in a "matin-eve"
performance at 8 p.m. A post-show discussion with the creative team and cast
will follow the Friday, Sept. 24 performance. "The Cyclops" contains adult
subject matter and is recommended for mature audiences.
In "The Cyclops," the sacred myths of classical Greece have received an
irreverent make-over. Spoofing an episode from Homer's "Odyssey," the play
follows the adventures of Odysseus, the brilliant hero of the Trojan War. He
finds himself shipwrecked on the island of the Cyclops, a man-eating monster
with a single eye. When the Cyclops imprisons him and threatens to eat him
alive, Odysseus must figure out how to outsmart his captor and escape the
island. A chorus of satyrs, visualized in this production as half-human and
half-equine creatures, provide hilarious commentary, bawdy songs and dances.
Unique in the entire canon of western literature, "The Cyclops" is the only
complete surviving example of a satyr-play, a comic genre that flourished in
ancient Greece. Director Larson notes that "the fact
that itís the only extant full satyr-play
leaves much in question as to how it would have originally been produced.
That ambiguity opens up an exciting range of possibility, and we are using
it!" To create the eclectic, exaggerated world of the play, Larson enlisted
the talents of choreographer Annie Lokomaika'i Lipscomb and composer Joshua
Greenspoon, and hopes the show is "as much fun to watch as it has been to
create and rehearse."
Larson is a senior undergraduate student in theatre at UHM and has recently
performed featured roles in Kennedy Theatre's Kabuki "Nozaki Village", Kumu
Kahua's "Massie/Kahahawai," and won critical praise for her performance as
Don Armado in the Hawai'i Shakespeare Festival's "Love's Labors Lost."
Choreographer Lipscomb, an accomplished hula dancer, is an M.A. candidate in
dance ethnology at UHM and has performed repeatedly in Kennedy Theatre dance
and drama productions in recent years.
Tickets for "The Cyclops" go on sale one hour before show-time each night of
the production, at the door of the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Ticket prices
are $8 general admission, $7 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM
students, and $3 UHM students with validated Fall 2004 student ID.
Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. For more
information, including disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box
Office at 956-7655 (voice/text).
PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance
WHEN: September 18, 24*, 25 at 11:00 pm
September 19 at 8pm
WHERE: UHMís Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre
$8 regular admission, $7 non-UHM students,
seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $3 UHM students with
validated Fall 2004 UHM student ID
TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)