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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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Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents, as Part of its Dark Night Series, The PlayFestival 2017

Donna Blanchard

Formerly known as the Festival of Original Plays, PlayBuilders first launched the festival in 2011, as a way to meet their mission of “gathering and sharing real stories that resonate, empower and connect” the people of Hawai’i.

“The PlayFestival serves as an outlet for new plays and playwrights, and participants have enjoyed many successes as a result.” Festival chair, Rachel Heller, explains, “An open call for original plays by local playwrights went out last fall and only the best plays were selected. The PlayFestival has developed into an incredible opportunity for local playwrights who wish to have their works seen and possibly produced.”

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Donna Blanchard

PA’I Foundation, in association with Kumu Kahua Theatre, presents a 3-day Playwriting Workshop for island writers, with Native American playwrights Larissa FastHorse and Ty Defoe. The workshop – designed to serve writers of all levels, from novice to experienced – will focus on jump-starting the writing process, exercises for the imagination, writing from your cultural perspective, and practical tips for completing and developing your work. Think of it as a crash course in getting started!

While the workshop is conducted by Native artists and geared toward their indigenous perspective, participants of all cultural backgrounds – Native Hawaiian, Asian/Pacific Islanders and everyone living in the islands – are encouraged to attend.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre Holds an Audition Workshop and Auditions

Donna Blanchard

Open auditions will be held to cast the world premiere of UchinaAloha, the first show of Kumu Kahua Theatre's 46th season.  The show will be directed by Reiko Ho and runs August 25 2016 through October 2, 2016, (taking a week off for Improvaganza Sept. 22-Sept 25.).

“Da Pidgin Guerrilla,” Lee Tonouchi brings us a warm tale of generations of an Okinawan family in Hawai‘i. 

David Tamashiro resists his grandfather’s sanshin lessons until he has the right motivation: a girl.  A pretty young lady from Okinawa helps David and his friends discover much about themselves and David’s enigmatic grandfather.

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