WHO/WHAT: Content advisory: mature themes; not recommended for children. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s department of dance and theater presents Hawai‘i’s first showing of “Memorial Day,” a play set in 1992, when the AIDS and anti-gay hysteria ran rampant. George is a doctor and has been watching his patients die, and as a gay man himself, understands the stigma and discrimination they face and struggles with not being able to offer any effective treatment. Evelyn, a drag queen who died years earlier, appears to George and he wonders if Evelyn is a hallucination or an angel of mercy. Written by Paul Donnelly and directed by MFA candidate Ron Heller, the play mixes empathy and humor to deal with a difficult question – when a generation of young men are dying and there is nothing you can do to stop it, how do you deal with that pain? A Q&A follows the Friday, Oct. 21 performance.
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Oct. 19-Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. (American Sign Language interpretation available). Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Rd.
TICKETS: $8 UHM student with current UHM ID; $13 Non-UHM student/youth; $16 UH faculty/staff, military, senior citizens; $18 adults. To purchase tickets, please visit: manoa.hawaii.edu/liveonstage/memorialday.