Monkey King Tale On Leeward Stage

Wednesday - November 12, 2008
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Moksa (Charmaine Devera, left) and Monkey King (Joshua Weldon) cavort with the Pig (Spencer Moon, center) in LCC’s play, ‘Journey to the West.’ Photo by Don Ranney.

Leeward Community College will take audiences back in time with Journey to the West, a classic drama of world literature, at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 20-22 and at 4 p.m. Sunday at its campus theater.

Many of the principal actors are from Central Oahu: Wahiawa’s Ryan Sutherlan is Tripitaka, Mililani’s Leslie Daniel Griffin is Sha Monk (Sha Wujing), Mililani’s Charmaine Devera plays Moksa, and Haleiwa resident William Murray has the role of Buddha. The cast is considered exceptionally talented with great physical strength and dexterity.

Directed by Paul Cravath, the story tells of the iconic Monkey King as he escorts a Buddhist monk on a quest to retrieve a holy sutra from India. The show is a tale of high adventure with battling demons and escapes and a spiritual allegory in pursuit of enlightenment.

It’s a first of firsts for Cravath as he is only the second person to direct a production of the script. (The other is the show’s original playwright, Mary Zimmerman.)

The set’s centerpiece will consist of tissue work and “fabric climbing acrobats” in the style of Cirque du Soleil.

General admission is $18 and $15.For reservations, call the box office at 455-0385, the EticketHawaii hotline at 483-7123, or visit

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