The hardest thing about this is the one-minute thing. Writers have a lot to say, right? I start out thinking I'm within the time frame, and then I read it through and it's maybe 5. So, cut cut cut. You end up really skin and bones, but somehow, the point is still there.
Last year, my plays were about Mauna Kea (Sick Patient) and testing (The Cheating Scandal). This year, they are about Ohi'a Tree disease (Death of the Ohi'a) and aging (In Denial). The idea of this festival is to serve as a "barometer" for the "zeitgeist" of the communities in which the playwrights live. There is a consciousness that you have your pet projects and issues, but that they are reflective of the larger community as well.
Last year, I was in Guam producing my play and could not attend the festival. This year, I am in Guam again, seeing my play through another production for Festpac (Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture). So, I miss out on that exciting consummation of seeing your words come to life on stage. But I am glad to have been given the opportunity to work the creative juju and be part of this festival. This year, my daughter Dance also participated and will be able to attend. If you can, I hope you will go. May 21 at HTY at 8.