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Twelf Nite O Wateva! Wy Not?

Hawaiian Mission Houses

UH Manoa’s esteemed emeritus professor, Terrence Knapp, inspired many students with his love of Shakespeare.   In the 1970’s, local comic, James Grant Benton, enlisted Knapp’s help with a pidgin version of the Bard’s “Twelfth Night, or What You Will.”   Knapp so admired Benton’s version, he staged it as his final production at UH.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a contemporary restaging, outdoors at the Hawaiian Mission Houses.

This is the final weekend for James Grant Benton’s “Twelf Nite O Wateva”.   Performances are set for Friday and Saturday night on the Kahua Ho’okipa mound at Hawaiian Mission Houses.  Click here for tickets and information.

Check this review by Troy Apostol

For an example of how Benton translated Shakespeare’s text into pidgin, check Wayne Harada’s column from 2005.

Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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