Theft threatens to darken stage


POSTED: Monday, March 29, 2010

Honolulu theater perennial Roslyn Catracchia is appealing to burglars who hit her Aina Haina house yesterday to return her computer and backup drive—no questions asked—because they contain a career's worth of irreplaceable music, lyrics and stage cues.

Catracchia is also asking witnesses to come forward. One neighbor has reported confronting two youths at the house, one of whom jumped over a fence with a pillowcase full of bulky items. That was at about 9 a.m. yesterday.

At the time, Catracchia and her mother, musician Bebe Freitas, were playing piano and organ at First Presbyterian Church.

; Her losses include about $1,000 worth of jewelry, but Catracchia said she chiefly wants her iMac back.

Her play “;The Princess and the Iso Peanut”; is due to open at Hawaii Theatre on April 9, and she needs her computer to finish preparations, she said.

“;This has brought everything to a screeching halt,”; said Catracchia, 45. “;I don't know how I'm going to piece things together. Potentially I have lost a lifetime's worth of work ... over 20 years of work.”; That includes particulars from about 40 productions, including “;On Dragonfly Wings,”; educational road shows and plays she did with the late Lisa Matsumoto.

She is not sure whether her original handwritten notes and lyrics even exist anymore, she said.

Anyone with information should call police.