A few weeks ago, Rich Richardson, Executive Director of The ARTS at Marks Garage approached our Managing Director, Donna Blanchard, and asked for help; The ARTS was struggling to keep their doors open. Donna was able to figure out a way to lend a very meaningful hand, by making Kumu Kahua Theatre a sponsor of The ARTS at Marks Garage.
A note from Donna:
We are not so wealthy that we can write checks without very careful consideration... and this was too important for us not to figure out a way to get involved. Chinatown is ever evolving and we and Marks are vital cornerstones here, helping to shape that evolution. I was able to use funds already budgeted for marketing to plug the hole in the dam, as it were. Frankly, the amount of coverage we've already gotten from a large story in Pacific Business News and a story by Mike Cherry on KITV news, would have cost WAY more than we spent. That has already been a win/win situation.
Rich and I continue to work together to seek further sponsorships, grants and other support for both of our organizations, and exciting ways in which we can collaborate. We're elated to be working together and believe that this alliance is going to open doors to vital support for both of us. We both work hard to break even each year and hope neither of our organizations ever considers closing our doors because of finances again.
As our patrons and stakeholders, I want you to know that we are so very grateful for your support of Kumu Kahua Theatre, and we hope you know you can trust that we will continue to be good stewards of that support.
If you or your business would like to support this alliance, please send me an email. We have a lot of ways for you to be involved in this awesome-ness.
If you'd like to read the press release about our alliance, click here.
Thank you for supporting this amazing organization I am so very grateful to be a part of!
My Boy He Play Ball
by Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker
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.
Boy Kahalewai is living the dream: a Division I football scholarship at a mainland college, a chance to play pro, 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.
The cast includes Kumu Kahua Theatre veteran, Will Ha‘o, who has appeared in, Kāmau A‘e, Flowers of Hawai'i, the underneath, and last season's Ka'iulani. He’s joined for this production by experienced newcomers to KKT, Anette Aga, Kenny Kusaka, LeGrand Lawrence and Taylor Purvis.
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Auditions and Workshop
Open auditions will be held to cast the world premiere of Not One Batu by Hanna Ii Epstein. The show will be directed by Harry Wong and runs January 21 – February 21, 2016.