Director and Windward Community College Theatre Instructor Nick Logue and students bring to Hawaiʻi’s stage the U.S. debut The Curse of Asatira for one weekend only with performances on Friday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 21, 2 p.m. at Palikū Theatre
The all-student production is part of the Theatre 260 course offered at Windward CC this fall. Students take on all the roles necessary for the production, from cast and crew to assistant director, fight captain, publicist and set designer.
Written by Logue and the Trojan Pony Theatre Company, The Curse of Asatira portrays a society in the midst of major upheaval and unrest from the viewpoint of those most intimately involved. Love struggles against cruelty and underhanded tactics while a people struggle against the traditions of their society and the fear of change, but both must come to the same conclusion in the dramatic, action packed finale.
Is it the end of Asatira’s curse?
While preparations for the final anniversary to the cursed mask of Asatira are underway, rebels rally against the oppressive regime of the holy Nevad, an order of religious leaders who have grown rich off of tributes offered to the Mask of Asatira over the last 200 years. This year marks the curse’s end, and the Nevad tries to hold onto his power even as the curse comes to a close.
One woman has seen enough starvation and misery under his rule, and leads a band of revolutionaries into a violent struggle for the future of their society. While history is forged in blood and speeches, a mosaic of society unfolds—as the revolution and backlash wreak havoc on the lives of eight people.
As tensions rise, and the end of Asatira’s curse draws near, society’s culture hangs in the balance. Can a people break the shackles of their culture, and escape the crimes of their past?
Tickets are $5 for all and available for purchase at the Palikū Theatre Box Office. Charge by phone at (808) 235-7310, Monday–Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Free parking is available.