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Cockadoodledoo

Charisma Industries

AJ Song, Tiffany Rose Brown, Shawn Forsythe, Reb Beau Allen, Jason Kanda, Brandon Hagio,

Kahano Ho and Teihh Malfau in Cockadoodledoo


Now Playing

Cockadoodledoo
by Eric Yokomori

In a small rural town where “nothing interesting happens,” a chunk of meteor lands in farmer Templeton’s chicken coop and changes everything in this surrealistic tale, which echoes Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Ionesco’s Rhinoceros.  

Enjoy the wild ride!

Reb Beau Allen and Tiffany Rose Brown in Cockadoodledoo
 

Runs through April 27, 2014 - Tickets On Sale Now

Read the review of Cockadoodledoo,
by Will Caron of InHonolulu

Join us after the show on Friday, April 4th for a talk-story with Playwright Eric Yokomori and Director Harry Wong, fascilitated by Actor, Director and Teacher, Daniel A. Kelin.


Interview with Playwright Eric Yokomori

Donna Blanchard:  Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of an absurdist writer?  

When I invited Eric to be a guest on my show, I expected a good conversation, but I had NO IDEA how deeply we were going to delve in Eric's unbelievable writing technique and process.   

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did!  

We invite you to watch  The Arts in Hawaii, hosted by Donna Blanchard.  Her guest is playwright Eric Yokomori.

(this video is provided courtesy of our friends at Thinktech)

 


A Little Help, Please

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KUMU KAHUA THEATRE!

Please tell your friends about us and how much you believe in our mission.  Tell us how we can help you help Kumu Kahua Theatre

Forward this email - When your friends decide they'd like to receive their own, they can click here to sign up.

TELL THEM WHAT YOU TOLD US - THAT YOU LOVE WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT!

 

We love your feedback on our operations and performances. You can reply to this email, call our administrative office at 536-4222, or send a note to us at:

46 Merchant Street, Honolulu HI 96813  

YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US!


The Atherton Foundation

We're honored to be the recipients of a generous grant from the Atherton Foundation, which will help us make some much needed improvements to our building and your experience with us.  The improvements include fixing structural damage to our floor, improving our storage and replacing our worn and deteriorating theatre seats.

Rather than fund the entire project, The Atherton Foundation is granting us a portion of the expenses, allowing us to work with other foundations, corporations and individuals to fully fund the improvements.  

Our deficit is $40,000, beyond our usual fundraising efforts for general support.  As we work on strategies to raise the funds, we welcome your input, energy, sponsorships and donations.  Are you and/or your corporation able to help us?   Would you like to advise us or work on our fundraising committee?  

We have eleven months to fund and complete the projects.  If you'd like to help, please contact Donna by replying to this email, calling 536-4222 or clicking:  

[donate button]

We thank The Atherton Foundation and YOU!


Two For One

We are also deeply grateful for support from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which has granted us marketing funds to help tell everyone on the island about our work and invite them to join us.  You'll be seeing two-for-one offers on our tickets in various places, including on the back of our show programs through the remainder of the season.

We hope you'll bring someone you like into our home - When you bring someone who hasn't been to a show at Kumu Kahua Theatre for at least five years, we'll give you one free ticket for each you purchase!  

Please call the box office in advance to redeem this offer: 536-4111.

 


We welcome our new partners, Charisma Industries and ThinkTech to Kumu Kahua Theatre!  We appreciate who you are, what you do and how you support Kumu Kahua Theatre!

 

MAHALO!

The Kumu Kahua Theatre Board of Directors would like to thank all the individuals who support our annual fundraiser, Kālā-Bash

BRASSERIE DU VIN
CHART HOUSE WAIKIKI
IGE'S RESTAURANT & CATERING
MURPHY'S BAR & GRILL
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS
PARADISE BEVERAGES
PHUKET THAI

SAVE THE DATE:  
Kālā-Bash is Saturday July 19, 2014

A UNIQUE AND SHOCKINGLY FUNNY TALE at Kumu Kahua Theatre

Charisma Industries

Fata Simanu-Klutz, Kiana Rivera, Donna Blanchard, Jo Ramsey, Bronwen Souza, Chris Cordio and Randall Galius Jr. in:

My Name is Gary Cooper

by Victor Rodger

Photo courtesy of Denise De Guzman

Attention:  
In consideration for all of our patrons enjoyment and safety, we do not allow late seating.  

Please arrive at the theatre no less than 15 minutes prior to curtain time.


Opening Next!

My Name is Cary Cooper creates a trajectory of reckoning for a young man whose life has been roughly shaped by the effects of a Hollywood film crew on his home in Samoa.  It is a political commentary wrapped in a bitter revenge story with such humor, heart, and heat, that it will leave your head spinning.

Jim Davenport, a former Actor and Scenic Designer at Kumu Kahua Theatre, is now a Lecturer in Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  When he returned to his O'ahu home during the summer of 2013, he introduced the script to Kumu Kahua Theatre Artistic Director, Harry Wong.  Harry recognized immediately this was a play that belonged at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

 


Special Event

Our audience members on Sunday January 25th, are invited to arrive early for a reception with our playwright and director.  At 12:30 PM we'll have complimentary pupus and wine on our lanai and at 1:15 we'll move into the theatre where playwright Victor Rodger and director, David O'Donnell will discuss the creation of the script and the shaping of our Honolulu production.  The performance will begin at 2:00 PM.  Tickets are still available here.

Symposium

On Monday, January 26th, The University of Hawai'i Department of Theatre and Dance and Kumu Kahua Theatre are co-presenting a symposium devoted to examining historical cultural and artistic issues portrayed in our production of My Name is Gary Cooper by Victor Rodger.  

Speakers include the playwright, the director, designer and actors from the production, and a panel of artists and scholars specializing in Pacific theatre.

More information

 


Interviews

Kumu Kahua Theatre Managing Director, Donna Blanchard, hosts the talk show Center Stage on ThinkTech.  Here is are links to her interviews with My Name is Gary Cooper...

Director, David O'Donnell

Designer, James Davenport

Actor, Jo Ramsey (Gary Cooper) and Actor and Cultural Advisor Fata Simanu-Klutz

Playwright, Victor Rodger will be Donna's guest on Wednesday, January 21st.  You can watch the interview streaming live at 2:00 PM, at ThinkTech!

 


Opening This Thursday

My Name is Gary Cooper
by Victor Rodger

Victor says: "In Hollywood’s'… South Pacific films …white characters entered the brown world and stirred things up. What if, I wondered, a brown character entered the white world instead, and stirred things up? What would it look like?"

TheatreView.org called it:

"EROTIC, FUNNY AND FULL OF MACHETE-SHARP DIALOGUE" and

"A UNIQUE AND SHOCKINGLY FUNNY TALE OF SEXUAL REVENGE."

 

Jo Ramsey in

My Name is Gary Cooper

Photo courtesy of Denise De Guzman

Runs January 22 - February 22, 2015 - Tickets On Sale Now

Join us after the show on Friday, January 30th for a talk-story with

Director David O'Donnell

This show may not be suitable for more sensitive viewers


A Little Help, Please

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KUMU KAHUA THEATRE!

Please tell your friends about us and how much you believe in our mission.  Tell us how we can help you help Kumu Kahua Theatre

Forward this email - When your friends decide they'd like to receive their own, they can click here to sign up.

TELL THEM WHAT YOU TOLD US - THAT YOU LOVE WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, AND WHY WE DO IT!


Come Play With Us

Since you love us enough to have read this far down the newsletter, perhaps you'd like to get involved a little further in Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Well, it just so happens that we have some openings!

  • Committee Members (marketing, resource development, events, etc.)
  • Board Members
  • Set Builders
  • Ushers
  • Office Assistants

And much more.  If you would like to help, we'll be happy to find a place for you here for any amount of time you have available.  Just send us an email to get started.

If you'd prefer to help by donating to Kumu Kahua Theatre... well we'd be happy to accept that too!


MAHALO!
The Kumu Kahua Theatre Board of Directors would like to thank all the individuals who support our annual fundraiser, Kālā-Bash

BRASSERIE DU VIN
CHART HOUSE WAIKIKI
HEIDI'S
IGE'S RESTAURANT & CATERING
LOVIING HUT HONOLULU/PENSACOLA
MURPHY'S BAR & GRILL
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS
PARADISE BEVERAGES
SIAM PALACE


YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

A Noir Mystery Opens at Kumu Kahua Theatre

Charisma Industries

Stephanie Keiko Kong and Jonathan Clarke Sypert in

the underneath
by Susan Soon He Stanton
Photo courtesy of Orrin Nakanelua
 

Attention:  Due to the nature of this play and consideration for all of our patrons enjoyment and safety, we will not allow late seating for this production.  

Please arrive at the theatre no less than 15 minutes prior to curtain time.


Time to Get Your Tickets!

In Chicago they say "vote early and vote often!"  Ah yes... just a little polling day humor for you.  But seriously, our last show (Shoyu on Rice) and its extension sold out entirely.  We know there were people who wanted to see it - or wanted to see it again - and didn't get the chance.  Don't let that happen with the underneath.  Purchase your tickets early, so there will be time, in case you want to see it again!  

 

And we do sell partial season subscriptions.  You can see the remaining four shows for only $60!


 

Interview

A Cage of Fireflies playwright Daniel Akiyama interviewed the underneath playwright, Susan Soon He Stanton.  

 

DA: Tell me about the Kennedy Center workshop for the underneath.Did it change much in the process? And how did the Yale Cabaret fit into the process of developing the underneath?

SS: the underneath was a commission by Kumu, and so I wrote it with Kumu’s intimate space in mind, for a local audience. I began writing the underneath at Yale. We did a 45-minute version of the play at the Yale Cabaret, and it was more light-hearted and over-the-top. It was a lot of fun. But, after the fact, I felt like there were still essential themes I didn’t address, in terms of why I wanted to tell the story of an older brother returning home to search for his younger brother.

At the Kennedy Center, I added the Auntie Evie character (played by Kati Kuroda in the Kumu production). I also explored the idea of flashbacks and the role of memory in the play. The Kennedy Center was an amazing and very intimidating place to workshop a play. I had a badge, and I was walking around the red carpeting and gigantic pillars, thinking “whoa.” I also workshopped the play at Rising Circle’s INKtank, with a group of wonderful writers and with Kumu. I think some plays come quickly, and this is one that had to marinate for awhile, and I did that with the help of some of finest collaborators I know.

read the rest of the interview

 


Auditions

Auditions will be held for My Name is Gary Cooper, by Victor Rodger onNovember 22 and 23.  There will be an audition workshop on November 16, and scripts are available to download for audition purposes here.

This is a rare opporutnity to work with the visiting team of Victor Rodger, director David O'Donnell and designer James Davenport - all of whom will be visiting us from New Zealand.

 


Opening This Thursday

the underneath

by Susan Soon He Stanton

 

A Local Noir Mystery

The 44th season at Kumu Kahua Theatre continues with a world premiere of a new Susan Soon He Stanton play.  

Susan Soon He Stanton began writing plays at age fifteen in The Honolulu Theatre for Youth's Young Playwriting Program. Her full-length play, Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano? was the winner of the 2006 Kumu Kahua Theatre/University of Hawaii at Mānoa Theatre Department playwriting contest in 2006. From the Sloan Foundation she received a best screenplay award and a feature film development grant. She has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and received an MFA in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama in 2010 where she was mentored by John Guare and Paula Vogel. Her plays have been performed at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Yale University’s New Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Yale Cabaret, The Flea Theater in New York City, and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.

Jonathan Clarke Sypert and Brandon Anthony DiPaola in
the underneath
Photo courtesy of Orrin Nakanelua

Runs November 6 - Decenber 7, 2014 - Tickets On Sale Now

Join us after the show on Friday, November 14th for a talk-story with Director Taurie Kinoshita


Play Readings

Our summer playwriting class culminated in several scripts that are ready to be read for an audience.  We will present a series of these readings on the following dates, here at Kumu Kahua Theatre, beginning at 5PM each evening:

November 16 - Song Tra Bong by Gerry Madison

November 23 - Living Room by Wil Kāhele

Decenber 14 - Everything Must Go by Leilani Madison

April 19 - Scenes from various students' wor

These readings are free to attend.  Please join us to witness this exciting step in the script development process!

 


A Little Help, Please

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KUMU KAHUA THEATRE!

Please tell your friends about us and how much you believe in our mission.  Tell us how we can help you help Kumu Kahua Theatre

Forward this email - When your friends decide they'd like to receive their own, they can click here to sign up.

TELL THEM WHAT YOU TOLD US - THAT YOU LOVE WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, AND WHY WE DO IT!

We love your feedback on our operations and performances. You can reply to this email, call our administrative office at 536-4222, or send a note to us at:

46 Merchant Street, Honolulu HI 96813  

YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US!

 


Come Play With Us

Since you love us enough to have read this far down the newsletter, perhaps you'd like to get involved a little further in Kumu Kahua Theatre.  Well, it just so happens that we have some openings!

  • Committee Members (marketing, resource development, events, etc.)
  • Board Members
  • Set Builders
  • Ushers
  • Office Assistants

And much more.  If you would like to help, we'll be happy to find a place for you here for any amount of time you have available.  Just send us an email to get started.

If you'd prefer to help by donating to Kumu Kahua Theatre... well we'd be happy to accept that too!


MAHALO!
The Kumu Kahua Theatre Board of Directors would like to thank all the individuals who support our annual fundraiser, Kālā-Bash

BRASSERIE DU VIN
CHART HOUSE WAIKIKI
HEIDI'S
IGE'S RESTAURANT & CATERING
LOVIING HUT HONOLULU/PENSACOLA
MURPHY'S BAR & GRILL
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS
PARADISE BEVERAGES
SIAM PALACE

YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

A Local Family Comedy opens at Kumu Kahua Theatre

Charisma Industries

Wil Kāhele, Danielle Zalopany, Nani Morita and Jonathan Reyn accepting the award for

Best Ensemble: Koi, Like the Fish

at the 2014 Po‘okela Theatre Award Ceremony

 

We were very proud to bring home a pile of awards!

 


A New Season!

Welcome to our 44th season.  We are so very  honored to share another year of Hawai‘i's playwrights and theatre artists with you.   Our subscriptions are available at our box office and on our website (you can find links below).  

This year we bring you a very special Ensemble Subscription.  It includes one ticket to each of our shows this season, as well as special invitations to be our guests for auditions, read-throughs and rehearsals.  We invite you to step into the artistic process with us.


Interview

A Cage of Fireflies playwright Daniel Akiyama interviewed Shoyu on Rice playwright, Scot Izuka.  

What an interesting conversation they had!

 


What a Party!

Thank you to everyone who supported and enjoyed our annual fundraiser,Kālā-Bash on July 19th.  We had an awesome time honoring our founding member, Dennis Carroll.  Check out photos from the event!

 

Opening August 21st
Shoyu on Rice
by Scot Izuka

A Local Family Comedy

The show’s director, Reiko Ho, also directed the 43rd season opener at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?.   This production features seven cast members: Jim Aina, Kimo Albarado, Bronte Amoy, Joanna Mills, Kat Nakano, Ryan “Oki”naka and Shawn Vasconcelles.

Joanna Mills, Kimo Albarado, Bronte Amoy and Shawn Vasconcelles in
Shoyu on Rice

Photo courtesy of Orrin Nakanelua

Runs August 21 - September 21, 2014 - Tickets On Sale Now

Join us after the show on Friday, August 29th for a talk-story with Scot Izuka and Director, Reiko Ho


The Atherton Foundation

We're honored to be the recipients of a generous grant from the Atherton Foundation, which will help us make some much needed improvements to our building and your experience with us.  The improvements include fixing structural damage to our floor, improving our storage, and replacing our worn and deteriorating theatre seats.

Rather than fund the entire project, The Atherton Foundation is granting us a portion of the expences, allowing us to work with other foundations, corporations and individuals to fully fund the improvements.  

Our deficit is $40,000, beyond our usual fundraising efforts for general support.  As we work on strategies to raise the funds, we welcome your input, energy, sponsorships and donations.  Are you and/or your corporation able to help us?   Would you like to advise us or work on our fundraising committee?  

We have a limited time to fund and complete the projects.  If you'd like to help, please contact Donna by replying to this email, calling 536-4222 or clicking:  

[Donate]

We thank The Atherton Foundation and YOU!


A Little Help, Please

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KUMU KAHUA THEATRE!

Please tell your friends about us and how much you believe in our mission.  Tell us how we can help you help Kumu Kahua Theatre

Forward this email - When your friends decide they'd like to receive their own, they can click here to sign up.

TELL THEM WHAT YOU TOLD US - THAT YOU LOVE WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO, AND WHY WE DO IT!

We love your feedback on our operations and performances.You can reply to this email, call our administrative office at 536-4222, or send a note to us at: 

46 Merchant Street, Honolulu HI 96813  


YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO US!

 


MAHALO!
The Kumu Kahua Theatre Board of Directors would like to thank all the individuals who support our annual fundraiser, Kālā-Bash

BRASSERIE DU VIN
CHART HOUSE WAIKIKI
HEIDI'S
IGE'S RESTAURANT & CATERING
LOVIING HUT HONOLULU/PENSACOLA
MURPHY'S BAR & GRILL
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS
PARADISE BEVERAGES
SIAM PALACE

YOU ROCK OUR WORLD!

Interview with Director Daniel A. Kelin, Moa a Mō‘ī, and Maui Tour

Charisma Industries

Interview with Director Daniel A. Kelin, by Donna Blanchard

We invite you to watch The Arts in Hawaii, hosted by Donna Blanchard.  Her guest is director Daniel A. Kelin.

(this video is provided courtesy of our friends at Thinktech)


Now Playing

Moa a Mō‘ī
by Jean Charlot

And now for something entirely different... director Daniel A. Kelin has sculpted an imaginative rendering of the tale of Umi-a-Liloa, a Hawaiian King whose wisdom and charm enabled him to become a powerful and respected leader.  

We don't want to give too much away, but promise that the talented ensemble of actors tell the stories of Umi with energy and movement that will engage your imagination!

Tyler Tanabe, Jennifer Fachan and Shawn Thompsen in Moa a Mō‘ī

Runs through February 23, 2014 - Tickets On Sale Now

 


Maui Tour

Last weekend the cast and crew of Lee Cataluna's Flowers of Hawai‘i traveled to the Maui Arts and Culture Center, where they presented the show for two very enthusiastically appreciative audiences.  Everyone involved had a wonderful time!

The Cast of Flowers of Hawai‘i at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, McCoy Theatre.


Announcement!

We are so happy that you loved the show Flowers of Hawai‘i by Lee Cataluna; we loved it too!  Since we all loved it soooooo much, we'd like to bring it back to you.

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about a summer addition to our schedule!

 


A Little Help, Please

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KUMU KAHUA THEATRE!

Please tell your friends about us - We'll be happy to give you additional season brochures, or send them directly to your friends, family and co-workers for you.  Tell us how we can help you help Kumu Kahua Theatre

Forward this email - When your friends decide they'd like to receive their own, they can click here to sign up.

Bring someone you like into our home - When you bring someone who hasn't been to a show at Kumu Kahua Theatre for at least five years, we'll give both of you a coupon for $2 worth of concessions.  Those coupons can be used towards snacks and beverages, t-shirts and scripts!

TELL THEM WHAT YOU TOLD US - THAT YOU LOVE WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO AND WHY WE DO IT!