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A World Premiere Coming-of-Age Absurdist Parable Comes to Kumu Kahua Theatre

Charisma Industries

Eric Yokomori returns to Kumu Kahua Theatre with Pelicans, a darkly humorous, tale of disaffected kids stumbling into the dangerous reality of adulthood.

The play asks: what is more important – our words or our actions?  This often-shocking absurdist parable follows three modern-day urban wanna-be soldiers to their ultimate defeat.

Yokomori is the playwright of such controversial surreal and absurdist plays as Cockadoodledoo!Daredevil BluesHouse Light and Prolonged Sunlight.

Pelicans is directed by Taurie Kinoshita, who also directed the underneath and Sound and Beauty.  “Yokomori’s Neo-Absurdist Pelicans is unquestionably a story about today's misguided, neglected and ostracized youth--resorting to violence, idealizing revenge, complicit in their own destruction ” says Kinoshita.

This play contains strong language. 

The play features Kumu Kahua Theatre favorites:

  • Lisa Ann Katagiri Bright, who appeared in Lee Cataluna’s Flowers of Hawai‘i and The Great Kaua‘i Train RobberyCane Fields BurningGhosts in the Plague YearThe Hilo Massacre, and Maui the Demigod
  • Brandon Anthony DiPaola of Cockadoodledoo! and the underneath.
  • William Ha‘o of Maui the Demigod, Kāmau A‘e, Flowers of Hawai‘i, the underneath, Ka‘iulani, My Boy He Play Balland most recently in Not One Batu.
  • Domina Hoffman appeared in Ka'iulani  
  • Jeremy Reynon of Not One Batu and All That Remains

Following the performance on April 1st, there will be a talk story with director, Taurie Kinoshita, the cast, and Mr. Yokomori.

Show Days and Times:
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 for performances can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting the box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel and Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Mondaythrough Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at

Ticket prices are $5-$20.

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also paid for in part The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation, The Atherton Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star-Advertiser and other foundations, businesses and patrons.

Image Links:
Press Photos of Pelicans

Photos by Denise Di Guzman
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