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Actors from Protocol Z. From top, left to right: Dylan Leming, Noah Nakachi, Jax Claybaugh and Thomalin Sirivattha.

Windward Community College and Palikū Theatre present Protocol Z—live interactive audience-participatory performances in an online format, October 16–25. This style of theatre seen nowhere else in the world was created by Taurie Kinoshita, theatre director and instructor at Windward CC, a number of years ago and performed in site-specific venues. Now, Hawaiʻi audiences will have the chance to experience this theatrical format online in the comfort of their homes.

Twelve actors will perform three, 40-minute shows each night. While only two audience members can participate in each performance (each audience member gets a private show with one actor and only one other audience member), up to 72 people can view a production each night. Each of the 12 storylines are different, but all have an overall theme of the popular, cult-classic zombies. The show is recommended for those with an interest in zombies, apocalyptic science fiction scenarios, improvisation, politics or ethics, popular culture and interactive immersive theatre.

“I wanted to do something topical, but not too hard-on-the-nose, and zombies are great fun,” said Kinoshita. “In cinema and literature, zombie invasions reflect countless profound metaphors: from brute survivalism to the selflessness paramount for civilization, mindless consumerism to existential authenticity, a symbol of modern life or the destructiveness of prejudice and rage. In our show, each storyline with each actor focuses on a different theme—whatever was most important to the individual actor.”

The cast features Dylan Leming, Noah Schuetz, and Poʻokela honorees Marilynn Bellinger and Brandon Hagio.

Event details

Show dates and times

  • October 16 and 23, 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • October 17 and 24, 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • October 18 and 25, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • October 21 and 22, 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Ticket and show information

For more information and tickets for Protocol Z, email Kinoshita at taurie@hawaii.edu or call (808) 779-3456. Ticket holders will choose a performance time and receive a private link and password to a Zoom call with an actor. There is a $15 suggested donation. All donations go directly to student programs and can be made here: https://giving.uhfoundation.org/funds/12677904.

The show is rated PG-13.

Read more details at the Palikū Theatre website.

To learn more about theatre classes offered at Windward Community College, contact Assistant Professor Nicolas Logue at (808) 236-9138, logue@hawaii.edu or visit https://windward.hawaii.edu/programs-of-study/performing-arts/.