Inouye, Akaka join cast of play
Inouye will receive an award honoring his support of arts at a March 6 benefit
Hawaii's two senators are joining the cast of a Washington play, and Sen. Daniel Inouye will be honored for his support of arts and culture, the Arena Stage theater announced yesterday.
In addition to Sen. Daniel Akaka and Inouye, the March 6 benefit production will feature several other senators and representatives as well as more than a dozen media personalities, according to an announcement from the Washington-based playhouse.
"The Pundit Whodunit: The Case of the Political Puzzle" is a crime-solving mystery comedy by playwright and director Harry M. Bagdasian.
Proceeds from the one-night production will go to the theater's education programs for young people, the announcement said. Tickets will be selling for up to $400 each, including a dinner.
Inouye is to receive the American Voice Award. Playwright August Wilson will get the American Artists Award, and Washington Mayor Anthony Williams is getting a special tribute for his support of the theater.
Several veteran actors will also be joining the cast of the political production, which portrays a crisis in which all of Washington's great pundits are mysteriously disappearing.
"Will America's political experts be restored in time for the upcoming election? Only if a team of the greatest sleuths from history can solve this baffling mystery," says the promotional release for the show.