The ONO Series (One Night Only)

*The ONO series has been graciously sponsored by Russ Taft.

 Hosted by Kristi Scott – our ONO Coordinator!

History of the ONO’s:
Originally the Ono’s which stands for One Night Only was called Bare Essential Theater or B.E.T..  It was a bare stage, talented actors and classic or little known scripts. Created to give actors more chances to perform and  audiences a chance to see works that may not make it to full production. Our first reading was Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, after that we did Cyrano, To Kill A Mocking Bird, My Three Angels, and many more.  As the program evolved it was opened up to the community to provide a space to produce their visions, or to test new works such as The Worthmores, or new groups like Free Range Comedy and the burlesque group Cabaret and Cocktails.  This became the One Night Only series. 

The ONO’s are offered as an opportunity for individuals, groups or organizations here in our community to present their works.  Maui OnStage is not involved in the choosing of the pieces, the casting or rehearsing.  In order to keep the program free-to-the-public, it is kept bare-bones with no set or costumes, no cued lighting, microphones or sound.  Presenters may bring in their own set pieces or costumes, hire our lighting/sound technicians or bring and operate their own equipment, if they wish.  Maui OnStage simply offers…. a stage. 

As we present the ONO series in 2023, we look forward to more opportunities to LIVE Maui OnStage’s mission “to enhance our community by providing diverse performing arts experiences”  by offering more diverse works, as well as showcasing new works by local writers and visionaries, as well as a place for new actors and seasoned pros to play and stretch and grow.  We hope you’ll join us.

July ONO –  Monday, July 15



Shuffling in Naples

A new original play by Francis Tau’a


An East Coast History professor prepares to move to another University nearer to the city in hopes that its proximity to an elder care facility will prove beneficial for his estranged and embittered, ailing father.  As he packs up an office full of memories and achievements, he is met by a visiting former colleague from his first University position with whom he shared a passionate yet necessarily secretive relationship.  As the two reminisce, old feelings, resentments, and secrets are revealed, leaving the two pondering why the opinion of the world they live in continues to have the power to keep them apart.  Set in the early 1970s, the story of Christian and Milo resonates with the aftermath of the Stonewall riots, the threat of exposure within the professional world but especially Education, yet still during a time when Homosexuality was viewed medically as a mental illness.

Above all, “Shuffling in Naples” is a love story that invites the audience to remember the absolutely frightening thrill of your first slow dance and finding the courage to feel worthy.


Featuring: Francis Tau’a and Dale Button


Show length:  Approx 90 mins, no intermission

House opens:  6:00pm

Show starts:  6:30pm


BE ON TIME:  The House opens at 6:00pm and the doors will close at 6:30pm.  *Late Arrivals will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.

UPON ARRIVAL:  Show your email confirmation OR e-ticket at the door (printed or on your phone). Your seat assignment is on your email confirmation/e-ticket.  Please, no outside food/beverages.

PARKING:   The Wailuku Parking Garage is now OPEN.  Enter from Church St.  For more info:  Park Maui  Street parking is available on Market and Vineyard Streets. Please do NOT park in the Reserved stalls behind the Iao Theater. Those are for the Pono Building next door and you will be towed.

*To help us avoid having too many disappointing No-Show’s and difficulty seating last minute Walk-Up’s, please double check your calendar BEFORE signing up for seating. Please email our Box Office ([email protected]) as soon as possible or leave a voicemail (808-242-6969), so we can return your seats to inventory. MAHALO!



The ONO series has been and always will be FREE to the public.
It is Maui OnStage’s mission
“to enhance our community by providing diverse performing arts experiences”.


Health/Safety Protocols, Additional Information:

  1. Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  2. There are 4 – Wheelchair Accessible seats.
  3. Accessible restrooms are available next door at Kipuka Square (County-owned and operated).  Please alert an Usher or House Manager for access assistance.
  4. As per the ADA, service animals (as defined by the ADA) are allowed to accompany people with disabilities.  Please keep pets at home while attending the theater.
  5. The Historic ‘Iao Theater has “raked seating” which angles up and away from the stage.  Please watch your step moving about the theater.
  6. The theater has 7 exits; all with panic bar door hardware and a lit RED exit sign above
  7. The Historic ‘Iao Theater’s central air conditioning is set to 74 degrees.  The zone above the stage is kept a little cooler for performer safety which may affect the first few rows of the audience.  A light jacket or sweater is recommended.


*Maui OnStage’s health and safety protocols have been set in place to comply with current County, State and Federal guidelines with the express intention to provide a safe workplace and performance venue for our staff, performers, volunteers and patrons.  Any and all protocols are subject to change without notice.  By entering the Historic Iao Theater, the Education and Youth Program studio space or by participating in a Maui OnStage or Maui OnStage Education and Youth Program event, all individuals, including staff, contractors, performers, auditionees, volunteers and patrons voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses or illnesses and agree to follow all listed protocols.

For more information on how YOUR organization can be a part of the ONO series, please contact:

GreatScott Productions
Theater Education and  Productions
[email protected]


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