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Kumu Kahua Theatre Offers an Evening of Mystery to Support The ARTS at Marks Garage

Donna Blanchard

Kumu Kahua Theatre is coming to the rescue of their neighbor, The ARTS at Marks Garage by offering a mini-fundraiser evening of murder, mystery, food, drinks and theatre.

Guests will gather at The ARTS at Marks Garage at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 8th for drinks and pupus provided by Bethel Union.  From 6:30-7:30, there will be an interactive murder mystery game. 

At 7:30 PM guests will be escorted to Kumu Kahua Theatre where they will have reserved seats for the production of Who Killed Gilbert Botello? by Garrick Paikai.

Earlier this month, The ARTS at Marks Garage engaged Consulting Director, Donna Blanchard, who announced that the organization is experiencing financial crisis.  Ms. Blanchard is also the Managing Director of Kumu Kahua Theatre and coordinator of this event.

“I used to perform in murder mysteries in Chicago” said Blanchard.  “They’re always so much fun for everyone and seemed like to perfect treat to offer people who would like to help support The ARTS at Marks Garage.” She continues "let me be perfectly clear, the situation is dire.  If you enjoy The ARTS at Marks garage and are happy it's here, now is the time to find a way to help support it."

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Two New Summer Playwriting Workshops from Kumu Kahua Theatre Starting This Saturday

Donna Blanchard

Tali Ariav is an adjunct professor at the Hawaii Pacific University and taught Playwriting and Acting at the University of Guam. She earned two Masters of Fine Arts degrees, in Literary Translation and in Playwriting, from the Playwriting Workshop at the University of Iowa. She was born and raised in Israel; she speaks, writes and reads English, Hebrew and Arabic. Tali was one of the founding members of Orto-Da, an award-winning street theatre group. Their 1999 performance of “Meta-Rabin,” an original, collaboratively written and performed street theatre work, won First Prize at the Akko Theatre Festival in Israel, followed by earning First Prize for Street Theatre at the Chalon dans la Rue Festival in Chalon, France. In Guam Tali was a guest host for several sessions of a political radio show, “Beyond the Fence,” on Guam’s Public Radio station, KPRG. Her guest sessions focused on local artistic issues in Guam. In the spring of 2016, Tali was an invited guest playwright at Fordham University. She has specific interests in advancing political theatre and the voice of the indigenous playwright–in Tali’s case, the voices of maturing playwrights in the Western Pacific.

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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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