Starring: Terence Knapp
Damien de Veuster, the Roman
Catholic priest, came to the Hawaiian Islands in the late 1800's to
the lepers confined on the island of Molokai. He died himself a leper after serving his
beloved lepers for sixteen years. This
award-winning play is a monologue delivered by Damien as a spirit
progress of his own funeral procession.
As Damien comments on his last and final journey back to his
he reminisces about his childhood, his ministry in the quarantined
colony, and his faith in God and humanity.
was first presented
as a stage play at the University
of Hawaii in 1976. The Hawaii Public Television production was
broadcast nationally on PBS in 1978 and again on "American Playhouse"
1986. Nationally acclaimed, it won the
following awards: George Peabody, Ohio
State, Christopher awards for author and director, Corporation for
Broadcasting Honorable Mention for Drama, and the National Association
Educational Broadcasters Award for Art Directing.
Knapp, Anglo-Irishman, is a
Bancroft Medalist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London. A protégé of Sir Laurence
Olivier he was a
National Theatre Player (1962-65) and a Churchill Fellow in Japan
(1968). Since 1970 he is Professor of
Drama and Theatre and is acclaimed as Hawaiis
Morris, author of Damien,
has written two other one-man plays, Captain James Cook and Robert
Louis Stevenson; four full length plays, and several one-act plays. After WWII she served 15 years as a managing
editor of the University
of Hawaii Press,
then 2 years
as editor of the East-West Center Press.
Nino J. Martin,
Producer-Director of Damien,
majored in communication at San
University. He is Executive
Producer-Director of Culture
and Arts at Hawaii Public Television.
Since 1970 he has produced and directed numerous nationally broadcast
specials and series including Musical
Encounter, Aloha-Bruyeres, The
International Kitchen, Spectrum Hawaii and Damien.
Rating: Not Rated.
Rating: Not Rated.
Time: 90 Minutes