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Performance Extension of Scot Izuka’s Play, Shoyu on Rice

WHAT: Scot Izuka’s Shoyu on Rice
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: October 2 – October 5, 2014 (see schedule below)
COST: $5.00-$20.00
INFO: 536-4441,

HONOLULU, HI—Shoyu on Rice, by Scot Izuka – the first show of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s 44th season – has had its run extended due to a complete sell-out. The extension dates are:

Thursday, October 2, 8:00PM
Friday, October 3, 8:00PM
Saturday, October 4, 8:00PM
Sunday, October 5, 2:00PM

Synopsis: in the mid-1980s, boys attending a Catholic all-boys high school deal with their use of pidgin English when a substitute teacher from Kansas takes over their classroom. Meanwhile, the substitute struggles to learn local ways in both the classroom and the home of her Japanese-American fiancé’s parents.

“While much has changed in the last thirty years, the desire to fit in and be understood has not,” says director Reiko Ho. “I watch my teenaged son navigate the pull of peer pressure just like the characters in our play. Everyone wants to be validated and accepted, and like our characters learn, sometimes validation starts when we learn to accept ourselves for exactly who we are.”

Tickets for performances can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting our box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel and Merchant streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at

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.

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 by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts; The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, 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.