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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States

808-536-4441

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PLAYS ABOUT LIFE IN HAWAI‘I.  PLAYS BY HAWAI‘I'S PLAYWRIGHTS.  PLAYS FOR HAWAI‘I'S PEOPLE.

 

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SHIPWRECK’D ON THE BODY BEAUTIFUL, OR THE TATS DANCING MAN


A WORLD PREMIERE DANIEL A. KELIN, II

JANUARY 17 – FEBRUARY 17, 2019


 Artist Notes from Ryan: We all start this trip as an empty ship. We sail these ships through our time on earth. When the trip is over what’s left are the marks of the lives we’ve lived.

Artist Notes from Ryan: We all start this trip as an empty ship. We sail these ships through our time on earth. When the trip is over what’s left are the marks of the lives we’ve lived.

James F. O’Connell, America’s first Tattooed Man, headlined P. T. Barnum’s freak show, proudly displaying his head-to-foot tattoos. Shipwrecked on the Caroline Islands in the first half of the 19th century, O’Connell saved himself from death by performing Irish jigs—and so began the slow process of his assimilation into Ponapean culture. Based on a true story, this poetic one-man show recounts a compelling narrative of physical appropriation. 


SHOW DATES: 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31; February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2019 

Sundays 2pm: January 20, 27; February 10, *17, 2019

(No show Sunday, February 3 – Super Bowl)


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*American Sign Language Interpretation


Thank you for a great Kālā-Bash 2018!

Kumu Kahua Theatre would like to thank everyone for attending this year’s “Kala-Bash” Fundraiser! Photos from the event by Raul Soria Jr. Can be found in our gallery at: kumukahua.org/kalabash


 

Kumu Kahua Theatre, in downtown Honolulu on the Island of O'ahu, offers one-of-a-kind live entertainment. When you want to enjoy cutting-edge performances about the life, history and future of Hawai‘i's people, this is where you come. 

We are located on the corner of Merchant and Bethel in downtown Honolulu at 46 Merchant Street. Call 808-536-4441 to reach our box office.

Our shows run Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 PM, with Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Our work is made possible primarily through your donations. Thank you for your support!