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Date: Friday, September 27, 2002
Contact: Larry Joseph, (808) 974-7310

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai`i at Hilo Theatre is holding auditions for "Stew Rice," Edward Sakamoto's local comedy about growing up and leaving the comforts of home.
Auditions will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 7th and 8th, on-stage at the UH Hilo Theatre. Actors should come prepared to play improvisatory theatre games and to read from the script. Performances are scheduled for November 15-23.

The play, which covers the period of Hawai`i from 1957 to 1978, centers around three young men and their female counterparts. "Stew Rice" examines the impact of time and distance on friendships and more importantly, what happens when someone moves away and no longer relates to "home" in the same way.

Director Justina Mattos, a UH Hilo graduate, recently completed her doctorate at UH Manoa, where she specialized in the study of Hawai'i's local theatre tradition. She says part of the challenge - and fun - of acting in this play is that the characters age 20 years within the space of an evening. They begin in high school during Act One, and reunite 20 years later in Act Two.

Mattos is seeking three local men and three local women who can span these ages for the production. All of the characters speak Pidgin, and some also speak standard English. The three men are best friends: Ben is outgoing and ambitious; Zippy is loyal and idealistic; and Russell is the thoughtful and introspective one who serves as the play's narrator. He hooks up with the shy, self-conscious Donna, and they never get comfortable together. Ruby is the sophisticated girl who decides what she wants and goes for it - whether with Ben or anything else in her life. Sharon marries Zippy and lives happily eva aftah... more-or-less.
For those who would like to read the script in advance, perusal scripts are available at the UH Hilo Theatre.

For more information, please contact the Theatre at (808) 974-7310.

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