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by Noa Gardner
directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Julianne Argyros Stage
Part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival

Apr. 27 - May 18, 2025

Inclusive of fees

The Staircase

Mother and Son spend their evenings playing cards and retelling stories of Hawaiian legend. Better those than their own, which lurk below the surface. When Son’s former sweetheart resurfaces, both he and Mother must choose how they will embrace the future. A mysterious tale about holding on, letting go and the curious force that pulls us back home.

Previews: Apr. 27 - May 1, 2025
First Night: May 2, 2025
Regular Performances: May 3-18, 2025
American Sign Language Performance: Saturday, May 17, 2025 at 2 p.m.

Recommendation: Ages 14+

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  • Tickets to this production go on sale July 22.

About the Creative Team

Noa 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. 

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