OPF XXIII Opie Awards

Best Actor:  Dan Hoff in “Aspects, a Restaurant & Lounge”

Best Actress:  Kerry Matsumoto in “Aspects, a Restaurant & Lounge”

Best Director:  Tiffany Kutsunai, “Sunburned”

Best Script:  “Sunburned”


Five directors have selected casts for seven new plays to be presented over four days in Aloha Performing Arts Company’s twenty-third annual Original Play Festival.  On August 17, 18, 19, and 20, OPF XXIII will feature staged readings of new scripts that have never been performed or published. Presentation is in simple staged reading format, with actors holding scripts in most cases.

On Wednesday, August 17, the festival opens with a quadruple bill.  The first half of the evening is directed by Renee Monell.  Into the Fire, by Katherine Dubois is up first, and features an imaginary meeting between Mark Twain and Isabella Bird, played by Dan Hoff and Nora Judd, respectively. Immediately following, Ebook Meets Treebook, by Rex McGregor, takes the stage.  This is a short riff on the classic struggle between technology and tradition, enacted by Bill Cruise, Janemarie Singer, Jaquelynn Collier, and Michael Linnett.  After intermission, two plays directed by Paula Cornwell will be presented.  Water View,  by Ray Arsenault, is a real estate farce featuring Nicole Gour, Dan Hoff, and Nora Judd.  Thank You, Auto Correct, by Cynthia Arsenault, revolves around a young couple trying to impress each other by texting, with sometimes frustrating results.  The cast includes Nicole Gour, Martin Dwyer, and Jaquelynn Collier.

Thursday’s offering is Sunburned, by Laurence Rosler, directed by Tiffany Kutsunai.  This is a romantic comedy set in Greece and features Victor Lugo, Melissa Geiger, Topher Mann, and Jaquelynn Collier.  Felicity Johnson directs Friday’s play, Final Appearance, a ghostly theatrical comedy, also by Rosler.  The cast consists of Paula Cornwell, Bill Cruise, Martin Dwyer, Dan Hoff, Janemarie Singer, Rich Mears, and Amanda Trusty. The festival closes Saturday night with Aspects, a Restaurant & Lounge, by John A. Donnelly, directed by Nicole Gour.  This episodic comedy about relationships is enacted by Jenny Brown, Jaquelynn Collier, Dan Hoff, Gerald Lucena, Kerry Matsumoto, Nicole Gour, Evan Dooley, and Kat Sullivan.

Each night of OPF XXIII staged readings begins at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu.  There will be a brief discussion at the end of each evening, during which audience members are invited to give feedback and ask questions.  On Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m., APAC will host a free public wrap celebration on stage, honoring all festival participants. Those who have witnessed all the readings will vote on the “Opie,” a people’s choice award for best script of the festival.  Awards for best director, actor, and actress, will also be voted on.  Tickets are $5.00 per night, or $15.00 for a festival pass.  For more information, call 322-9924.