Story of cursed hotel performed at Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

March 4, 2014  |   |  Comments
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very still &hard to see

Punch (Kaitlin Souza) and Canary (Matthew Kelty) from Kennedy Theatre’s very still & hard to see.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Steve Yockey’s play very still & hard to see in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Performances will take place on March 12, 13, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. The production marks the show’s Hawaiʻi premiere, and will serve as director Alex Munro’s MFA thesis presentation.

Yockey goes from strange and quirky to eerie and creepy in very still & hard to see, which features stories of everyday people whose lives are upended by stays in a cursed hotel. As the play begins, architect Buck Mason (played by Matthew Kelty) is drawn into a deal with an obake (played by Melissa Schmitz), a malevolent spirit who dwells beneath the hotel he’s building.

Over the course of seven short plays, the audience follows the history of the hotel and the influence the obake has over its guests. This short play cycle blurs the line between reality and fantasy as characters deal with everyday problems amidst supernatural forces.

Due to some sexual and violent themes, as well as strong language, the play is recommended for mature audiences over the age of 15.

More on Munro

Munro’s work as a director extends beyond Kennedy Theatre. In addition to pursuing his MFA at the Department of Theatre and Dance, and assistant directing at theatres around town, Munro also coordinates the HealthCAST program at UH Manoa’s School of Nursing.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available online, at participating outlets, and at the Kennedy Theatre box office. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., with extended hours on performance dates.

Prices are $18 for general admission; #16 for seniors/military/UH faculty and staff; $13 for students and UHAA members; and $5 for UH Mānoa students with a validated spring 2014 UH Mānoa photo ID.

For disability access, please call the theatre. For more information, visit the Kennedy Theatre website.

A UH Mānoa news release

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