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Program

Dead of night

by Edward Sakamoto

Directed by Taurie Kinoshita

Set Design by Justin Fragiao • Lighting Design by Cora Yamagata

Costume Design by Iris Kim • Prop Design by Kayle Maikai

 

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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.

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Cast of Characters (In Order of Appearance)

Alex ...............................................................................................Tyler Tanabe
Maisie............................................................................................Michelle Umipeg
Ikky................................................................................................Brandon Hagio
Fuzzy..............................................................................................Johnathon Young
Jesse................................................................................................Randall Galius Jr.
Man.................................................................................................William Ha‘o
Luke................................................................................................Berkley Spivey

The Place: Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Time: December 1956

THERE WILL BE ONE FIFTEEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION


The Playwright

EDWARD SAKAMOTO has written seventeen plays, twelve of which have Hawai‘i themes, and fifteen of which have been produced by Kumu Kahua Theatre. His plays have also been produced in Los Angeles, New York, Sacramento, and San Francisco. University of Hawai‘i Press published Hawai‘i No Ka Oi: The Kamiya Family Trilogy in 1995, and Aloha Las Vegas and Other Plays in 2000 – the “other Plays” being A‘ala Park and Stew Rice. He received Hollywood Dramalogue Awards for Stew Rice and Chikamatsu’s Forest, and local HSTC Best Original Play Po‘okela Awards for Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire and for Aloha Las Vegas. Chikamatsu’s Forest was staged Off Off Broadway by the Blue Heron Theatre in 1995. Sakamoto received the Hawai‘i Award for Literature in 1997. KKT staged his historical ‘ghost’ play Obake in 2003, and the most recent Sakamoto play premiered by KKT was Mahalo Las Vegas, the sequel to Aloha Las Vegas, in 2006. Sakamoto has also been the recipient of a Rockefeller American Playwrights in Residence Fellowship, and an NEA grant. Mr. Sakamoto passed away on October 7, 2015.  We are honored to have known him and to produce his work. Ed continues to support the work of Kumu Kahua Theatre through a generous gift from the Edward K. Sakamoto Trust.


The Director

THE DIRECTOR: Taurie Kinoshita was raised in Honolulu, but spent four years in England, teaching at East 15 Acting School, University of Essex. Taurie has directed over 90 critically acclaimed productions in New York, London and Honolulu and worked on over a hundred shows. Taurie was awarded the Lucie Bentley Award for Excellence in Acting, the Inouye Award for Excellence in Playwriting, honored with three Po‘okelas for directing by the Hawaii State Theatre Council and as Best New London, Camden Company in 2010. Taurie is chair of the Play Development Committee at Kumu Kahua Theatre and teaches theatre at Windward Community College. She recently received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Theatre Education Award and the Francis Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES: Ancient Carthage was an inspiring wonder: five story buildings, running water, a vast library including agricultural texts which were astoundingly advanced. While Rome was just a huddle of wooden houses on the river Tiber, Carthage had an immense Navy (the Carthaginians invented ships which were the ancient equivalent of IKEA furniture–labeled with signs so the pieces could be matched up and constructed anywhere). Despite their brilliance, sophistication and sheer inventive genius, Carthage lost to Rome and history was re-written by the winners. How?  How could a civilization so advanced lose to a less-brilliant adversary?  

Ancient Roman society, like all great civilizations, was inclusive–anyone could become Roman. Romans bathed together, defecated together, went to the amphitheaters together, allowed everyone to pray to their own gods–as long as the Emperor was included. Ancient Carthage, by contrast, had no public spaces except a single market.  People would fight for Rome; Carthage had to hire mercenaries. History is riddled with examples of inclusion triumphing over exclusion–of people uniting and changing the world. 

Alex, in Sakamoto’s Dead of Night, is a superb example of a character who (like ancient Rome) inspires loyalty. In the opening image, Alex, the protagonist, is punching a boxing bag. (This image, of course, is a metaphor for Alex’s existence: fighting, scrounging, struggling against a faceless enemy to make a living for his wife and, soon, a child.) In his first lines of dialogue, Alex laments his poverty–a hardship which extends inter-generationally (as is often the case.) Yet, despite the injustice of his situation–slaving away with no guarantees, just to barely get by–Alex does have one thing: his friends... 

Theatre is a social Art form; everyone must work together for the best possible show.  Friendship, loyalty and unity are crucial values. Together, we can reach the proverbial stars; like ancient Rome, we can defeat a super-power with advanced technology; as Herodotus, father of history said, “of all the possessions, a friend is the most precious.”  I would like to dedicate this show to Mark Hamasaki, our Khan of Khans, who inspires, unifies and lights the way–even in the darkest of nights. 


The Design and Production Team

JUSTIN FRAGIAO (Set Design) Dead of Night marks his 8th set design for KKT. His previous KKT designs were #imbadatthis, Pelicans, Ka‘iulani, Koi Like the Fish, K¯amau A‘e, One Comedy of Erras and Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre. Justin has also served as KKT’s Technical Director for numerous productions throughout the years. His most recent set design work was in 2017 as set designer/ technical director for all three productions of the ‘17 Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. Justin also served as the Technical Director at MVT for the ‘16–’17 season

CORA YAMAGATA (Lighting Design) designed lighting here at KKT for Demigods Anonymous, Wild Birds, Black Faggot & Puzzy, the Underneath, My Name is Gary Cooper, Ka‘iulani, My Boy He Play Ball, Pelicans, and iHula. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from UHM, has danced with Tau Dance Theatre and is a five-year cast member of ‘Ulalena ARRA Montreal.

IRIS KIM (Costume Design) designed costumes for 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 jingju-inspired-cartoon-rejects costumes (WCC). She is also the assistant costume shop manager at UH Mānoa Kennedy Theatre.

Kayle Maikai (Prop Design) is a Windward Community College student.  She made props for Massie / Kahahawai and Wreaking Havoc in the Dragon’s Palace (PTW).  Kayle is a visual artist specializing in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. She was awarded the Theatre Department Commitment to Excellence Award in Spring 2017 and most recently assisted backstage in Love Local Style (PTW).

NICK LOGUE (Stage Combat) is an actor, director, playwright, professor and Head of Theatre at Windward Community College. He has been a professional fight director since 2003 with credits in Honolulu, Beijing, New York, and London, and is credentialed as a Full Instructor with Dueling Arts International. Nick has choreographed combat for traditional Shakespeare productions, Chinese Jingju martial plays, and everything in between. A few recent credits include Wreaking Havoc in the Dragon’s Palace (Palik¯u Theatre), Wait Until Dark (MVT), She Kills Monsters (LCC) and Massie/Kahahawai (PTW). 

MICHELLE UMIPEG (Hair and Makeup Design) See Actor Bios.


About The Cast(In Order Of Appearance)

TYLER TANABE (Alex) made his first stage appearance with the HTY Theatrefest 1997-2000 and Young at Art 1996-98, and at Kaimuki High School. His most recent appearances at KKT include Flowers of Hawai‘i, Moa A M¯o¯‘ı, Cockadoodledoo and Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is Cancelled.

MICHELLE UMIPEG (Maisie) most recently performed in Buffalo’ed and Black Faggot/Puzzy here at KKT. Previous performances include The Arabian Nights and Alice in Wonderland (LCC) and King John, Henry V and Richard III (HSF). Michelle received multiple Po‘okelas for her work with HSF including as hair and makeup design for Midsummer Night’s Dream (HSF).

BRANDON HAGIO (Ikky) recently was seen at KKT in Who Killed Gilbert Botello, Uncles Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is Cancelled and #Iambadatthis. He received a Po‘okela for Best Ensemble for Echoes of Dat Red Guitar (KKT). His other credits include School for Scandal, Oedipus the King and The Clockwork Cutie Revue (LCC) as well as, Timon of Athens, Henry IV Part 2 and Edward III (HSF).

JOHNATHON YOUNG (Fuzzy) makes his first appearance at KKT.  He recently received recognition for an “Exemplary Performance” in Massie/Kahahawai (PTW). 

RANDALL GALIUS JR. (Jesse) recently was seen at in Boy and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (TAG) and Monsters and Maidens (LCC). He is the recipient of two Po’okela Awards– as an Ensemble cast member for Clockwork (LCC) and as Supporting Actor for My Name is Gary Cooper (KKT). Other theatrical experience includes Pelicans and Joker (KKT). 

WILLIAM HA‘O (Man) has been a professional actor for over twenty-five years. Based in New York City, he has performed for many of NYCs’ theatre companies. He has toured in almost every state of the union, with performances also in Vancouver and Athens. His most recent performances at KKT include Living Room, Pelicans and Not One Batu. His directing credits include The Tempest, Two Gentleman of Verona, and Twelf Nite O Wateva for HMH, and Dragon Fly for PBH. His theatrical work has also garnished four Poʻokela Awards. Dedicated to Jim Nakamoto.

BERKLEY SPIVEY (Luke) premiered for the first time at KKT in Demigods Anonymous and Small Town Lawyer for PBH. Previous performances have been Fools (Theatre of Dare), Fiddler on the Roof, You Can’t Take It With You, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Footlight Players). Raised in North Carolina, he also appeared in the short film Jack and Jill while attending college in Portland, OR.

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Production Credits

Technical Director...................................................................................Justin Fragiao
Stage Combat Firearms.........................................................................Tony Pisculli
Stage Manager..........................................................................................Chanel-Ann Skags
Sound & Light Operator.......................................................................Rebecca Zabell
Poster and Program Design.................................................................Brian Onaga
Photography..............................................................................................Raul Soria Jr.


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