2016, marks fifteen full seasons for the Hawaii Shakespeare
Festival. We’ve done a lot in that time, including presenting the
complete canon, all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, many for the first
time in Hawaii. Of all our accomplishments, though, we are perhaps
proudest of the fact that we’ve been offering our productions in
3D since our inception. That’s full 3D. Every seat. Every show. No
special glasses necessary.
though, we’ve been fielding inquiries from budget-minded theatre
goers who don’t want to pay for 3D. So this year, in celebration
of our 15th season, we’ll be offering some tickets at a special 2D
discount. If you enjoy the 3D experience, nothing will change. If
you prefer to watch in 2D, you’ll need to wear special 2D glasses.
utilizes a more primitive 3D technology than theatre, uses special
glasses with polarized lenses to create a 3D image. Alternate
frames of the film are shown from the perspective of your left and
right eye, and polarized so that they can only be seen through the
corresponding lens. We’ve taken that idea and turned it on its
head. As a 2D-discount patron, you’ll wear special glasses with
one lens completely blacked out, providing a monocular experience.
co-founder and producer Tony Pisculli says that the 2D experience
may also appeal to reluctant theatre-goers who prefer the less
immersive, less engaging, more passive experience of watching
traditional television and film.
This year’s line-up of directors is excited about the new
direction. “It’s like watching reality television. On your
iPhone,” says Taurie Kinoshita, a long-time HSF veteran who will
direct The Witch of Edmonton for the upcoming season.
“Shakespeare wrote the plays in 2D,” says returning director Jason
Kanda, who will be helming Twelfth Night. “It’s important
to honor that.”
Not everyone is on board with the decision
to offer the discount. HSF co-founder R. Kevin Garcia Doyle says,
“It’s a step in right direction, but not nearly far enough. We
should hand out glasses that block both eyes. Zero-D.” And
Harry Wong III, HSF co-founder, and Artistic Director of Kumu
Kahua Theatre says, “Eh. Kumu stay 3D fo’ 45 years already but we
never make big huhu about ‘em.”