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Program

da beer can hat

by Darrell H. Y. Lum
Directed by Karen & Denny Hironaga

 Set Design by Paul Yau
Sound Design by Stu Hirayama
Lighting Design by Kahano Ho
Costume Design by Iris Kim
Prop Design by Karen & Denny Hironaga
Hair & Makeup Design by Friston Ho‘okano


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Please, no photography or recording of any kind during the performance, except by prior arrangement with Kumu Kahua Theatre.

Also in consideration of those around you please turn off all cell phones, digital watches, pagers, and personal electronic devices.

KUMU KAHUA PRODUCTIONS are supported by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, celebrating more than thirty years of culture and the arts in Hawai‘i (with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts), the Atherton Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee), Hawaiian Electric Company, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation and other foundations, businesses and patrons.


OUR PRODUCTIONS ARE SPONSORED IN PART BY THE FOLLOWING:

Grantors

  • The City and County of Honolulu

  • The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

  • McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee)

  • and other generous foundations.

Sponsors

  • The Richard Aadland Fund

  • The Robert Emens Black Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

  • The Iwamoto Family Foundation

  • Edric Sakamoto


CHARACTERs (in order of appearance)

Bobo ..................................................................................................Brandon Hagio

Junior ...............................................................................................Kuʻumakaonaona (Maka) Bailon

Benson "Ah Hung" Ching / Referee ........................................Daryl Bonilla

Social Worker / Kid / Carnival Worker..................................Makiʻilei Ishihara

Sonny Lopez...................................................................................Marcus Oshiro

Joe-Boy.............................................................................................Paul Yau

Cutshort / Mr. Kim ......................................................................Eddy Gudoy

Father................................................................................................Ron Encarnacion

Mother..............................................................................................Maile Kapua‘ala

Tattoo / Customer .......................................................................Jason Lee Hoy

Setting: Rural O‘ahu in Hawaiʻi. Early 1970ʻs. ~ 1972-1973
THERE WILL BE ONE 15-MINUTE INTERMISSION


THE PLAYWRIGHT

DARRELL H.Y. LUM

PLAYWRIGHT’S NOTES: This story was written in the early '70s and first published in 1980, the same time that “Primo Doesn’t Take Back Bottles Anymore” and the Purie Bumboochas marbles dialog were published in my first book, Sun, short stories and drama. That volume included the script of a one-act play, “Oranges are Lucky,” first produced by Kumu Kahua in 1976.

This play reimagines “Da Beer Can Hat” some 45+ years later and was inspired, in part, by the co-directors, Karen and Denny. Denny originally asked permission to make a movie of the story. I didn’t know how to write a screenplay (Denny has done that, watch for it!), so instead, I wrote a play.

With every play, I’m reminded of how the playwright is just a cog in the magical machine of theatre. The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. And the audience is an important part, too. I hope you no hold back, let ‘um rip. Laugh, cry, boo if you like, and ponder how theatre and this particular story tells us something about who we are as individuals and members of our local community.

What is real? What is imagined? Can the imagined provide us with answers to real questions? Hopefully this play is more than '70s nostalgia, but also about how we can treat each other with kindness, understanding, and compassion.

Although the story is fiction, it was inspired by a former special education student of my wife’s. He had street savvy and sold papers on a street corner, always with a big smile. He was good at his job and loved his former teacher. So, we bought papers even when we didn’t need one.

Details: newspapers used to cost 15 cents. Kojak was a bolohead detective on TV. 50th State Wrestling and the television interview shows were passionately followed by nearly everyone in the islands. To us, it was real. And yes, long before it was caring for the environment, collecting soda and beer bottles was part of the local ethos. Many garages (open carports, actually) had stacked cartons ready for return.

So, hold on to your beer can hat, we go!


THE DIRECTORs

DENNY HIRONAGA is making his directorial debut and has worked with KKT as AD for Territorial Plays, Obake, and Mainland Education. Denny co-directed The Hilo Massacre. He loves making movies. His latest film, Obake Neko is adapted from Ed Sakamoto’s play, Obake. His next project is the feature film "Fixing Bobo" (Creative Lab Hawai‘i) based on Da Beer Can Hat.

KAREN HIRONAGA is making her directorial debut. She has been seen on stage at KKT in Uncleʻs Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is Cancelled!, Da Mayah, Half Dozen Long Stem, Tea, Mahalo Las Vegas, and the remount of Shoyu on Rice. She was also in Sounds of Aloha Men's Chorus Christmas Show (PTW), Happily Eva Afta and Once Upon One Noddah Time (OP), and The Joy Luck Club (DHT). She also acted in the film The Descendants.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES:
Denny: Karen, we have to write our directors' notes, together.
Karen: We're writing it together in one section?
Denny: Yes together in one section.
Karen: Nooo I want my own section! (stomping her feet on the ground)

This is the scenario that we thought would become the blueprint of our journey in CO-Directing. Co-directing means TOGETHER! A mixture of thoughts, ideas & creativity...for two hard-heads, this could prove detrimental to our marriage! Move ahead to tonight. The show you are about to see has been an amazing experience! This journey has brought us closer, adding layers of fun, challenges, laughter, and love.

We immediately fell in love with Da Beer Can Hat after reading it for the first time one stormy morning. We cried, we laughed, we agreed that we would like to do something, anything, with this story. So when the opportunity came along to direct this show, we jumped at it.

This beautiful story is about friendship, about accepting people just the way they are, and seeing the goodness in everyone. It's a story about perseverance, about believing in one's self, and beating the odds.

We are so thrilled to present this story to you, along with our fabulous cast and crew! To our Dream Cast, you all amazed us every single night with your incredible talent! Thank you for making our first experience as directors magical! We will this cherish forever!

Thank you Kumu Kahua Theatre for believing in us, we are honored! We made it Denny! It has been an incredible ride and I am so thrilled that we got to share this journey… TOGETHER

Karen: OK Denny, your turn to write!
Denny: OK, I just want to say...
Karen: Oh shucks we just ran out of space.

DENNY'S DIRECTOR’S NOTE: If you've ever been picked on because you were different, then this play is dedicated to you. If you have a special needs child, or sibling, or relative or friend, then this play is dedicated to you. If you are a bully in any form, then this play is dedicated to you. My hope is that you leave this play a kinder and gentler you.

Personally, this play is dedicated to my nephew Slayter, the bravest little boy I know.



ABOUT THE CAST (In Order of Appearance)

BRANDON HAGIO (Bobo) recently was seen at KKT in The Watcher of Waipuna, Dead of Night, Who Killed Gilbert Botello?, and Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight!. He has been part of several productions that have received Po‘okelas for Best Ensemble.

KUʻUMAKAONAONA (MAKA) BAILON (Junior) was last seen at KKT in Jive Bomberʻs Christmas and Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano?. He has also been seen in Mamma Mia, Hairspray! (KHSPAC), and Rent (CTAA).

DARYL BONILLA (Benson " Ah Hung" Ching / Referee ) has appeared in several KKT productions including Living Room and Who Killed Gilbert Botello?. He was last seen in The Princess and the Iso Peanut (MVT). His TV and film credits include roles in Hawaii Five-0, Beyond Paradise, To End All Wars, and as "The Bank Guy" in Bank of Hawai‘i commercials. He also performs stand-up comedy.

MAKIʻILEI ISHIHARA (Social Worker / Kid / Carnival Worker) is making her KKT stage debut. She is a company actor for HTY who has most recently been seen in The Adventures of Pinocchio, Elephant & Piggie “We Are in a Play!”, and Shocka: The Story of Energy & Hawai‘i. She also appeared in Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (ETC). She has received a Poʻokela for Excellence in Service and the Lucie Bentley Acting Award.

MARCUS OSHIRO (Sonny Lopez) returns to KKT’s stage, last appearing in It’s All Relative. He played the only recurring role (Aki) in Sakamoto’s trilogy Hawai‘i No Kai Oi, as well as, Yellow Fever, Dead of Night, and Obake (KKT). He also appeared in Aloha Las Vegas and Mānoa Valley, at the Los Angeles’ Japan American Theatre, and Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire at the Blaisdell Center.

PAUL YAU (Joe-Boy) is making his KKT debut. Paul has performed with The Hawai‘i Theatre, HSF, LT, and TAG. He has over 15 years of stage combat experience and is the recipient of three Po’okela performance awards. Film and television background credits include Godzilla, and Magnum, P.I. As TAG's Technical Director, he designed and co-designed sets for their last eight shows including The Road to Mecca and Sweat.

EDDY GUDOY (Cutshort / Mr. Kim) is a veteran actor of the stage. He was recently seen in The Watcher of Waipuna, Pakalolo Sweet, Who Killed Gilbert Botello?, and Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight!. Other performances include the Once Upon One Time trilogy and The Princess and the Iso Peanut (MVT).

RON ENCARNACION (Father) has assumed a variety roles with KKT and other theatres, including Twelf Nite OʻWateva (HMH), The Joy Luck Club (DHT), and Once Upon One Noddah Time (OP). Previous KKT performances include Ghosts in the Plague Year, Ala Wai, and Fou Lei and Fou T’song.

MAILE KAPUAʻALA (Mother) was most recently seen in Rolling the Rʻs (KOA), All’s Well that Ends Well (HSF), Demigods Anonymous, and Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight! (KKT). She also appeared in Buffaloed! (KKT), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (MVT), and Twelf Nite O Wateva! (HMH).

JASON LEE HOY (Tattoo / Customer) is making his KKT stage debut. He was last seen in Home of the Brave (HTY). He has also been seen in Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., and Inhumans.


THEATRE ABBREVIATIONS

 
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The design and production team

PAUL YAU (Set Design) See Actor Bios

IRIS KIM (Costume Design) designed costumes for Dead of Night and Black Faggot & Puzzy (KKT). She has designed costumes from the 1700's (HSF), costumes that were immersed in water (WCC), costumes inspired from "plantation days" (HTY) and jinju-inspired-cartoon-rejects costumes (WCC). She is also the assistant costume shop manager at UH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre.

KAHANA HO (Lighting Design) most recently has been seen in The Watcher of Waipuna (KKT) and Yesterdayʻs News (HMH). She is a multiple Po‘okela award winner and has worked in various productions in multiple roles.  Her lighting designs include Rolling the Rʻs and The Wolves (KOA), Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (ETC), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (EPOCH), and Pretty Peacock Productionsʻs Sweet Soirée.

STU HIRAYAMA (Sound Design) has several designs to his credit for KKT including Pakalolo Sweet, Shoyu on Rice, and Joker. As an actor, Stu has worked for many theatres, including in June is the First Fall (KKT), Wait Until Dark (MVT), and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (TAG).

FRISTON HOʻOKANO (Wig Design) has returned from brief retirement. He most recently designed wigs for Rolling the R's (KOA). He designed for KKT from 2008 thru 2012, and designed Hair, Makeup, and Wigs for DHT from 2012 thru 2017. Since 2018, Friston has wigged the USA (45 states and counting!), creating 450+ customized character wigs for clientele ranging from theatres to drag and cabaret performers. Friston has received ten Po'okela Awards for Hair, Makeup, and Wig Design for DHT and KKT,  has been involved in nearly 100 stage productions as both an actor and artisan.

KAREN & DENNY HIRONAGA (Props Design) See Directors Bios


Production Credits

Assistant Director ...............................................Mei-Lynn Nakano

Technical Director ...............................................Paul Yau

Stage Manager ......................................................Marty Wong

Poster Design and Program Layout ..............Brian Onaga

Photography ..........................................................Chris Kwock


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