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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States

808-536-4441

Current Season


45th SEASON (2015  2016)


Joker



by Yilong LiU

August 27 - September 27, 2015

Set around the fight for marriage equality in Hawai‘i, Joe’s normal simple life unravels as a promise kept is threatened by a visit of a man from his past.


“What a manipulative creature you still are, Joker.”  “You can’t sit out this fight anymore, friend. Whether you like it or not, change is coming.”

 

Joe is unable to let go of a lover who has passed away, which negatively affects his current relationships. He begins to harbor resentment and becomes a man who causes pain not only to himself, but to all those close to him.

Love, secrets and betrayal abound in this realistic look into lives touched by fear of exposing one man’s love for another.


SHOW DATES:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: August 27, 28, 29
September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, October 1, 2, 3, 2015

Sundays 2pm:
August 30
September 6, 13, 20, October 4*, 2015

(please note, there are no performances of Joker on September 24-27)


*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, at KumuKahua.org, or by visiting our box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel & Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $20.


My Boy He Play Ball


A world premiere by Tammy Hailiʻopua Baker

November 5 – December 6, 2015

Family bonds are strained when a local high school football star is forced to make a decision about his mainland school scholarship.


“Prove to me how bad you want this. You gotta be hungry to play.”

Boy Kahalewai is living the dream: a Division I football scholarship at a mainland college, a chance to play pro, and a loving family back home. But as he struggles with intense pressure from his father and awakens to his Hawaiian roots, Boy starts to wonder whose dream he’s been living all along.

Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, the pioneering author of Lā‘ieikawai and Kamapua‘a, returns to Kumu Kahua after more than 15 years with a funny, deeply-rooted story of fathers, sons, and modern Hawaiian identity.


SHOW DATES:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: November 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28
December 3, 4, 5, 2015

Sundays 2pm:
November 8, 15, 22, 29
December *6, 2015


*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Thursday November 26 –Thanksgiving)

Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, at KumuKahua.org, or by visiting our box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel & Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $20.



Not one batu



A world premiere by Hannah Ii-Epstein

JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21, 2016

An intimate look at a families struggle with the ice epidemic in Hawai‘i.


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“If you like survive dis business, no act wit me. Dere’s worse guys out dere dat would kill you fo’ dis.”

Meet Honey Girl: a former meth user, now an expert drug dealer. At a Hale‘iwa park bench one morning, Honey Girl meets up with customers and friends, rival dealers and her addict mother, all linked together by the meth they buy or sell, use or reject.

Sometimes humorous but ultimately harrowing, Chicago-based playwright Hannah Ii-Epstein witnesses 90 minutes in one woman’s struggle to stay clean in world turned upside-down by meth.

This play contains strong language and drug use.


SHOW DATES:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2016

Sundays 2pm: January 24
February 7, 14, *21, 201

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Sunday, February 1 – Super Bowl)



Pelicans


A WORLD PREMIERE by eric yokomori

March 24 – April 24, 2016

Yokomori returns to Kumu Kahua with a darky humorous revenge-comedy of disaffected kids.


“Yo, dawgs.  Red alert, yo.  We's be entering a existential crossroads.”

A community of diverse people at that stage when a “kid” becomes an “adult.”  Individuals must weigh their choices between their friends and the family they hope to grow into.

Told in the bold and affronting style of Eric Yokomori, this is a story of the millennial challenge that will appeal to those theatre-lovers who appreciate the landscape of KKT… and enthrall those who are looking for a reason to love the theatre.


SHOW DATES:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm:
March 24, 25, 26, 31
April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2016

Sundays 2pm:
March 27
April 10, 17, *24, 2016


*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Sunday April 3 – Easter)

Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, at KumuKahua.org, or by visiting our box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel & Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $20.



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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 reques