Theatre and Dance students, faculty to participate in Los Angeles festival

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Feb 8, 2011

Twenty five members of the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance are in Los Angeles this week at the invitation of the American College Theatre Festival to perform last season’s “The Judith of Shimoda” for other college theater students. The festival’s venue is the Tom Bradley Theatre at the Los Angles Theatre Center.
“Judith” was selected last season to be one of ten productions representing the best work in Region VIII, which includes Hawai‘i, Arizona, Central and Southern California, Southern Nevada and Utah.
Included in the traveling company are faculty members Paul T. Mitri, director, and Markus Wessendorf, translator. Student designers who will help to re-create their vision are David Gerke, Chesley Cannon, Donald Quillinquin and Amy Shrag, who will also participate in the costume and makeup designer competition.
As well as appearing in “Judith,” MFA acting students Dan D. Randerson, Ryan Wuestewald and D’neka Patton will take part in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. The students will be posting news at it happens on a Twitter account, @KennedyTheatre.
From the regional festivals, five productions will be selected to be performed in late spring at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
“The Judith of Shimoda” was written by Bertolt Brecht and received its Hawai`i premiere last May at Kennedy Theatre on the UH Mānoa campus.