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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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A WORLD PREMIERE COMEDY BY SUSAN SOON HE STANTON

MAY 26 – JUNE 26, 2016

 

Emily is a young woman completely connected to the grid, but unplugged from life in this real life comedy about the now.


“WHEN YOU BROKE UP WITH ME VIA TEXT MESSAGE, I WAS CROSSING THE STREET AND GOT HIT BY A CAR. NOT LIKE, TERRIBLY SO, BUT YOU KNOW, IT HAPPENED.”

Returning home after trying to make it in New York, Emily tries to re-start her life in Hawai‘i.  Connected to the world through every electronic luxury, her un-plugged fantasy life bars her from a reality that might offer her a deeper sense of relationship and humanity.

Despite her daily communication with her parents, when she comes face-to-face with them, she realizes that she doesn’t really know more than the façade she’s created in her mind.  After receiving one of the best educations available to an American woman, she invests her time in a wide but shallow pool of endeavor… accomplishing nothing.

Written in a unique style reflective of our current trends of social behavior, this play could very well define a generation.


SHOW DATES: 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm:
May 26, 27, 28
June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2016

Sundays 2pm:
May 29
June 5, 12, 19, *26, 2016


*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request



coming soon


ALOHA LAS VEGAS

A moving comedy


BY EDWARD SAKAMOTO

JULY 14-31, 2016

After years of requests, Kumu Kahua Theatre will reprise its blockbuster-hit comedy about a land-rich/cash-poor local family preparing to move from Hawai‘i to Las Vegas.



Wally Fukuda lives in the Liliha district of Honolulu.  He’s a recently retired baker still recovering from his wife’s death.  His friend Harry, visiting from Las Vegas, tries to persuade him to sell his house, make the move, and enjoy a new life.  In spite of his love for Hawai‘i'’s fresh air and beaches, Wally warms to the idea, but when he seeks approval from his married son and unmarried daughter, one is opposed to the whole idea.  The ensuing debate over the relative merits (and demerits) of each location, embodied in the dynamics of a quick-changing contemporary local family, makes for great comedy--spiced with a strong dose of thought-provoking realism.  

This play broke Kumu Kahua box office records when originally staged in 1992, repeatedly selling out the 300-seat Tenney Theatre.  It was restaged in 2002 and 2005 and toured to other islands in 2006.

SHOW DATES:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm:
July 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30

Sundays 2pm:
July 17, 24, & 31


Tickets for performances can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting the box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel and Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday.


 

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!