On Stage

On Stage
The afterlife in Sonnets for an Old Century.
Image: Courtesy Earl Ernst Lab Theatre

On Stage / At 11pm, you’re probably tucked away in your pajamas. But this weekend, something beautiful is afoot late into the night at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Sonnets for an Old Century plays another two evenings in the small black box space, and you don’t want to miss it.

The collection of monologues by playwright Jose Rivera (renowned for his work as screenwriter of Motorcycle Diaries) captures a moment between life and after-life, when ordinary souls are given a chance to tell their stories. In it, characters “say one last thing to the universe” before passing over to whatever lies beyond.

But it’s not about death, stresses director, Brittni Michele Shambaugh. “It’s much more about life. Life is impermanent and you have to live it.”

She adds that because Sonnets is dance theatre, all the music is created live, making the late-night, 40-minute performance more than a worthwhile experience.

Earle Ernst Lab Theatre,1770 East-West Rd., Fri. 9/28 & Sat., 9/29, 11pm, [hawaii.edu], $5–$10, 956-7655