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The Staircase

(formerly titled A Small Man)
by Noa Gardner
directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
cultural consultant: Mehanaokala Hind
an SCR Commission

Friday, May 5, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 7, at 2:30 p.m
Nicholas Studio


Laurie & Steve Duncan
Kristen & Adrian Griggs
Peter & Joy Sloan
Julia Voce
Jean & Tim Weiss

Mother and Son spend every night playing cards and telling Hawaiian stories about the world’s creation. Better those stories than their own, which are more complex…and challenging. But without facing their past, they’re stuck without a future.

Recommendation: Ages 14+

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About the Creative Team

Noa GardnerNoa Gardner (Playwright) thinks about the craft of playwriting deeply and often. He is a Native Hawaiian playwright born and raised in Kaimuki on the island of O’ahu and a graduate of the MFA Dramatic Writing program at the University of Southern California (2020). Using August Wilson as a model, Gardner is interested in presenting a body of work through his plays that speak to different facets of Hawaiian culture, presenting to an audience (sometimes for the very first time) a glimpse into the deep interior lives of Hawaiian people. Hawaiian families in Hawaiian homes. Currently, he lives on O’ahu and is a student at the University of Hawai’i Manoa seeking a second undergraduate degree in both Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies. He was a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison Ten Minute play award (2016), a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2023), a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill, and has had his one act and full-length plays read in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Son of Semele Ensemble, Los Angeles Theatre Company, Artists at Play and Pasadena Playhouse. He is very proud and excited to be the recipient of South Coast Repertory’s Elizabeth George commission and to showcase his play in this year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival.


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