Speed Shakespeare comes to Hawaiian Mission Houses

A 2012 production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Photo: Hawaiian Mission Houses)
A 2012 production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (Photo: Hawaiian Mission Houses)

For three weekends in August, Hawaiian Mission Houses’ outdoor stage will come alive with the words of Shakespeare — with a twist.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a fast-paced slapstick parody that covers all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in 97 minutes.

The production is fitting considering many of the Hawaiian missionaries enjoyed Shakespeare and frequently quoted his plays.

In a letter to Rufus Anderson, dated September 5, 1832, Rev. Dwight Baldwin mentions a copy of Shakespeare in his private library on Maui, and in the 1860s, Hawaiian language renditions of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar were being read in local newspapers.

Shows take place Fridays and Saturdays, August 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, with an alternate date of Friday, August 29, in the event of rain. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $16 for students and seniors ages 65 and over, and are available online here or by phone at 447-3926. Hawaiian Mission Houses members at the Friends and Family level and above receive a 10 percent discount.

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