Chaminade Troupe Takes Step Back Into Ancient Greece

Chris Fleck
Wednesday - November 03, 2010
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Jarren Maluyo (left) is King Creon, and Stacy Adora plays the title role of Antigone in the Sophocles classic drama on the Clarence Ching Hall stage at Chaminade this month. Photo from Kapono Ryan.

Historians say that the art of plays and performances began in ancient Greece, and Chaminade University’s Performing Arts Department will reinforce that concept this month by presenting the ancient Greek plays Lysistrata and Antigone.

Both classics will be performed in Loo Theatre at Clarence T. C. Ching Hall on campus. Lysistrata begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 9, 11 and 13 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 7. Antigone is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, 8, 10 and 12 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 14. Admission for each play is $5, but seating is limited. For details, call 735-4815.

Written by comic playwright Aristophanes in 411 B.C., Lysistrata is based on the idea that during a war between Athens and Sparta, the women of both countries were fed up with their soldiers and husbands being away at war. They decided to make a sex strike pact until the war was resolved.

Chaminade’s version is directed and produced by veteran director Brother Gary Morris, who after 40 years remains very active in the local Hawaii theater scene.

“The audience can expect a laugh-out-loud good time,” said actor and CU student Darren Wong. “You definitely will see some things out of the ordinary; there’s a lot of fun, playful innuendo.” Wong has the title role of distressed public commissioner.

Written by Sophocles in 440 B.C., Antigone is a tragedy revolving around Antigone, who goes against Creon, King of the Thebes’ strict rule of burying those who died in revolt against him, so she may bury her brother Polynieces.

Antigone is directed by Father Robert Bouffier, who has a Master of Fine Arts from Catholic School of America and has been active in Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. When he’s not teaching at Chaminade, he’s on missions to either Thailand or India.

Roles will be played by students, faculty and staff.

“You get live, quality theater at a great price,” said theater representative Kapono Ryan.

“The intimacy of the venue brings you very close to the performers; you really feel as if you are part of the play itself.”


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