From very early in the life of College of Hawai'i, students have
been involved in dramatic presentations. Students began presenting dramas
during the first year after moving to the Manoa campus, perhaps because
finally in the Main Building, later named Hawaii Hall,...
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Cast List in Revolving Wedge, presented by students of College of Hawaii, 27 and 28
(ASUH Scrapbook, I, pg. 8.)
Cover to the program for Revolving Wedge.
ASUH Scrapbook, I, pg. 8)
CH students presented The Glory of Their Years, 30 Nov. and 1-2 Dec. 1917 at
Lanai Theater. Written by John R. Froome, Jr., the play won the 1916 competition
sponsored by the MacDowell Club of New York City and was first presented at Harvard in
ECHP0011; cast list with image, Ka Palapala, 1918, p.
Part of the cast in Adam and Eva presented 17 and 18 November 1922 in Bishop
Hall at Punahou School.
(ASUH Scrapbook, I, p. 92)
Photograph of Poster created by student(s) to advertise Adam and Eva.
The artist who drew the posters probably did work in Ka Palapala,
1923, the ASUH Yearbook, available in the University Archives Reading Room.
(ASUH Scrapbook, I, p. 137)
The Faithful, by John Masefield, translation of the Japanese play,
Chushingura, about the Forty-Seven Ronin, presented 28-29 November 1924 and 20-21
February 1925 in Honolulu and during Christmas holidays in Hilo.
(ASUH Scrapbook, I, pp. 50, 163-164)
Cover of the Program for The Faithful presented 28 and 29 November 1924 at
Mission Memorial Hall. (ASUH Scrapbook, I, pp. 164)
John Masato Tanimura as Lord Kuranosuke in The Faithful posing on UH Campus.
ASUH Scrapbook, I, pp.163)
Arthur E. "Doc" Wyman came to the University of Hawaii as
Assistant Professor of Dramatic Art within the English Department in 1930.
(OURD Faculty/Staff photos, Wyman #1)
Farrington Hall, originally called Lecture Hall, provided the first theater venue on
campus. Farrington was built in 1930 and ready for use fall semester of that year.
(Miyamoto Photographs, A56:111)
Theatre Guild at UH presented The Faithful, by John Masefield,
6-7 May 1931 in Lecture Hall (Farrington Hall).The Faithful, based upon
Chushinguru, tells the classic Japanese story of the forty-seven faithful
followers of Lord Asano in avenging his death.
Shigeo Nakamura as Hino Saemon; Thomas Kurihara as Shinran Shonin, founder of Shin
Buddhism, and Fred Hisamatsu as Matsuwaka, son of Hino Saemon, in Namu Amida Butsu
presented by UH, 21-23 April 1932.
UH presented the English language premier of Lord Tadanao, a Kabuki play by
Iwara Hayashi, based on the novel by Kikuchi Kan, on 9-12 January 1935. This was the first
English language performance of the play.
Richard of Bordeaux was originally scheduled with the hope that Mr. Morgan
Farley, New York actor, would come to Honolulu to play the lead. When he could not do so,
Belden Lyman, UH student, took the role of Richard opposite Marjorie Putnam, an exchange
student from Mills College, as Queen Anne. The play took place 15-18 April 1936.
(OURD_Drama_Richard of Bordeaux)
Gene Bell as Androcles removing the thorn from the paw of the Lion, played by Axel Silen,
in George Bernard Shaw´s Androcles and the Lion presented during the
academic year 1939/1940.