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Press

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Holds an Audition Workshop and Auditions for Who Killed Gilbert Botello? by Garrick Paikai

Donna Blanchard

Gilbert Botello is dead. 

But who killed him?  Was it the butler or the maid?  Was it the eccentric tycoon or his son?  Detective Roy Rodger Kalauakekahuna III and his sidekick Officer Billy Souza investigate the murder and astonishing events surrounding the untimely demise of Gilbert Botello in this comedic murder mystery.  Peopled with recognizable characters, Who Killed Gilbert Botello reshapes the typical British whodunit into a refreshing representation of Hawai‘i.

There will be a free audition workshop held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Tuesday June 6, also at Kumu Kahua Theatre.  This workshop is an opportunity for all interested to work with the script and director, and learn the best way to prepare for this audition.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Announces Their 47th Season!

Donna Blanchard

Kumu Kahua Theatre is proud to announce their 47th season, which will run from August 2017 through June 2018.

Chosen by Artistic Director Harry Wong III in collaboration with the Play Development Committee of Kumu Kahua Theatre, this season includes farce, drama, comedy, absurdism and three world premieres.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents a World Premier Local Comedy by Lee Cataluna

Donna Blanchard

Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is cancelled for the first time in -- ever!   The usual attendees show up and process their shock over the cancellation-- while they eat, drink, talk story and play music. Uncle isn't saying why the party is cancelled, but everyone has a theory.  Is it illness?  Financial troubles?  Marital discord?  Gambling problem?  Eviction?  Erosion of societal values and loss of culture?  Or is Aunty just sick and tired of all their shenanigans?

The old friends spend the evening telling stories, laughing and sharing food.  But it’s not a party, because Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is CANCELLED tonight!

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents Two One-Act Comedies About Being “Out”

Donna Blanchard

HONOLULU, HI—Kumu Kahua Theatre will present two clever and rancorous comedies in the production: Black Faggot and Puzzy .   Through strong male and female voices, these poignant one-act plays allow you to eavesdrop on monologues and scenes that illustrate a broad spectrum of Pacific Islander individuals experiencing non-heterosexuality.

In Black Faggot, Victor Rodger introduces us to a chaotic mix of men enduring a period of self-discovery and celebration of their sexual identity.

Victor Rodger also wrote My Name is Gary Cooper, which received great acclaim when Kumu Kahua Theatre presented it to sold out houses in 2015.  Black Faggot has been called “wonderfully poignant, extremely brave and often confronting” (Broadway Baby), “sharp, witty and heart-warming” (Theatreview), and “funny and heartfelt… fast and furious” (The Guardian).

Written by Kiki feat. Victor Rodger, Puzzy is a coming-of-age story of a young Pacific Island woman, grappling with the reality of her sexuality and the pressure of generations of dogma.

Puzzy had its world premiere at the Auckland Pride Festival in 2016. Theatreview called it “Brave, engaging and necessary.”  The Auckland blog, TheatreScenes, reported, “Despite being largely a rollicking comedy, when Puzzy tackles heartfelt drama, the result is genuine and touching,” and Pantograph Punch said, “Puzzy is a show that should be seen.”

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