Five directors have chosen twenty cast members for the eight scripts which will comprise Aloha Performing Arts Company’s twenty-fourth annual Original Play Festival, which will be presented for four days:  August 16, 17, 18, and 19, at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu, at 7:30 each evening.

The festival opens Wednesday August 16 with “Setting the Moon,” a mystery by Thomas Durkin, revolving around a robbery which is cleverly foiled.  Director Tiffany Kutsunai has chosen a cast consisting of Gordon and Rhonda Lindquist, Topher Mann, and Alan Baxter.

Thursday features a quintuple bill of short, comic plays.  “Slaughterhouse,” a dark comedy about serial killers by Leland Frankel and directed by Catherine Williams, will feature Brett McCardle, Rich Mears, Martin Dwyer, Joel Gimpel, and Elizabeth Rollins.  “Zombies R Us,” a farce by Rhea MacCallum, is also directed by Williams, with Rich Mears, Janemarie Singer, and Shelene Grey in the cast.  After an intermission, “Exceeding the Purchasable Calories,” a comedy also by MacCallum, will be directed by Annabelle Treacy.  Janemarie Singer, Mark Murdock, and Joel Michaelson are in her cast.  Robin O’Hara will direct the final two comedies of the evening, “Garden Variety” by R.A. Pauli, and “In the Wrong Cafe” by Jim Moss.  Casts for these two short plays include Rich Mears, Martin Dwyer, Shelene Grey, Joel Gimpel, Janemarie Singer, Elizabeth Robbins, Brett McCardle, and Mark Murdock.

Ellen Farnsworth directs Friday’s show, “Mother’s Wishes,” a dysfunctional family drama by Robert Lynn.  Cast members are Rich Mears, Shelene Grey, Tiffany Kutsunai, Kerry Matsumoto, Allen Eggleston, and Steve Grey.  Robin O’Hara directs the festival closer on Saturday, “Neil Simon’s Last Hit,” a “show biz” comedy by Jack Feldstein.  Steven Grey, Stephen Alves, and Tiffany Kutsunai make up the cast.

Each play is presented in staged reading format, with simple technical presentation and actors holding scripts.