Stage / Dionysus deals drugs. Orpheus stalks Eurydice. That drugged-out hooker over there? Persephone, poor thing. Transport the Greek gods and heroes into modern life, dress them up (or undress them, as needed), and the ancient world morphs into Polaroid Stories, making its Hawaii premier this week at Windward Community College (WCC).
Written by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka and directed by Taurie Kinoshita, Polaroid Stories mixes myth with meth and gets, well, us–especially the “us” living in urban blight and decay. Loosely based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Polaroid Stories leavens lyrical beauty with salty language, so it’s not recommended for kiddies boning up on the classics.
Iizuka created the play after interviewing homeless inner city youth. What she found were young people entangled in destinies both prosaically poisonous and powerfully poetic; in short, mythology made modern.
Kinoshita is known for the innovative and visually striking staging of her shows, and for this one, a graffiti artist will work in situ during the performance. According to Kinoshita, the play is also groundbreaking in another way: It’s the first WCC production comprised entirely of the school’s own students.