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Program

38 Minutes
by Various voices of hawai'i

Directed by Squire & Monica Coldwell

Lighting Design by Jay Polk • Sound Design by Wayne Pa‘akaula

 

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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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38 Minutes

38 Minutes from the View of a Kapuna................................................Wally Wake

Message in Two Voices................................................................................Joseph Stanton

38 Minutes Last Saturday Morning........................................................Sandy Hall

The Aloha Life................................................................................................Jean Koppen

Missile Scare..................................................................................................Shari Lee-Huntoon

Misled...............................................................................................................Wil Kahele

38 Cruel Minutes..........................................................................................Sean T.C. O'Malley

Missile Alert...................................................................................................Ruby J.A. O'Malley


ensemble (alphabetical order)

Ly Atsumi
Pauline Chu
Valerie Falle
Jim Murphy
Wayne Pa‘akaula
Jay Polk
Darryl Soriano

The Place: Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Time: January 13, 2018

THERE WILL BE ONE FIFTEEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION


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A NOTE FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR 

I spend a lot of time writing grant proposals and otherwise trying to convince would-be funders that art is not just a luxury, it actually plays an important role in our lives. As devoted as I am to this concept, it’s rare that I get a chance to demonstrate it as vividly, as I can at this moment.

On January 13th, while driving to a meeting after the “all clear” on the ballistic missile scare, I felt like I wanted to crawl out of my skin, scream and take a nap all at the same time. I also felt like we should do a show at Kumu Kahua Theatre about that morning. Harry Wong, our Artistic Director, agreed with the idea enthusiastically and helped sculpt a call to our playwrights. They answered with scripts ranging from heartbreaking to hilarious.  

I submitted a script too (under a pseudonym). Though my submission wasn’t chosen for this show, the opportunity to work through the would-be crisis by considering how to express those 38 minutes in a script helped me make sense of my reactions. Reading the other scripts helped me continue to process my feelings of regret that I didn’t prepare for disaster and the underlying angst of living in a world in which an incoming missile is plausible.

Stella Adler said that the theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation. Kumu Kahua is uniquely poised and able to react quickly to January 13th, so l feel it is actually our kuleana to develop and produce this show.

Have you considered what you would have written in response to our call for scripts?  Beyond where you were, what you were doing and who you were with, how you would funnel your internal impact from that morning onto our stage?

Whether you slept through that morning, never believed the validity of the alert or ran to the nearest shelter, I hope those questions and this show clarify and validate your personal story within our shared experience. After all, that is the important role of art that we at Kumu Kahua Theatre are grateful to share with you.


The Directors

MONICA K C COLDWELL holds a BA in Theatre from UHM. She continues to work in either a technical capacity or performing as an improviser. With over 24 years of experience in the theatre, she has worked mostly with KKT and HTY, both on stage and administratively.

SQUIRE COLDWELL studied at LCC. He has worked as an actor, dancer, technician, and improviser for over twenty years. He has acted for HTY, KKT, UHM, & LCC. He was a company member of Tau Dance Theater and Honolulu Dance Theatre, and has worked with IONA Contemporary Dance Company. As an improviser, he was a member of Loose Screws, and is a member of Dicks & Jane.

DIRECTORS’ NOTES: First of all, we would like to thank Kumu Kahua Theatre for this experience and our Kumu ‘ohana that we were able to reconnect with in such a wonderful way. We have a lot of aloha for this place and these people, and are deeply honored that they allowed us this opportunity to be a part of a project in this capacity, let alone one that impacted everyone in Hawai‘i. 

When we started this project, we knew it was special from the submissions that came in and it really hit home once we had the auditions. We had the actors tell their story of that day. For us, that was the moment we felt what this was truly about.

If you were in Hawai‘i or had someone you cared about on island at that time, we all lived through a missile scare. We can understand the story of parents putting kids down a manhole, a bus driver telling everyone that they have to get out of the bus to get to shelter, people going into basements with total strangers, or even sleeping through it. We all have a story.

So whatever your story was, if we don’t get to hear it, we hope you know that it was not just your story, but a part of Hawai‘i’s story for 38 minutes. And today, in Hawai‘i, we don’t have to wonder about the “what if” but we hope that maybe, just maybe, we can start to focus on the “what now” instead.

Me ka mahalo piha.


About The Ensemble (Alphabetical Order)

LY ATSUMI attended several playwriting workshops at KKT under Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker. She authored Da Truth of Da Fruit, which won Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Playbuilder’s Festival. She has appeared in Aloha Friday (KKT), Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers, and Da Mayah (KKT Dark Night). 

PAULINE CHU is making her debut at KKT Theatre. She trained at the Asian American Theatre Company and the New Shakespeare Company in San Francisco. She performed in the 2008 film Redlove: The Art & Consequence of Illusion

VALERIE FALLE was born and raised in Hawai‘i. She has assistant-directed and stage-managed for KKT as well as appeared in Comfort Woman, All I Asking for Is My Body, The Joy Luck Club, and Ola Ka Lau. She last appeared for KKT in It’s All Relative and Voices from Okinawa.  She also has experience in television commercials and pilots. 

JIM MURPHY is the president of KKT’s Board of Directors. This is his first time on stage in 23 years. He received training at ImprovOlympic in Chicago and co-founded a theatre, Saratoga Company in Chicago. He recently stage managed Pelicans (KKT).

JAY POLK (See Design and Production Team Bio)

DARRYL SORIANO holds a BSN from Hawai‘i Pacific University. This is Darryl’s
debut on stage here at KKT and in theatre. 

WAYNE K. PA‘AKAULA (See Design and Production Team Bio)


The Design and Production Team

JAY POLK (Lighting Design) makes his scripted stage and technical debut at KKT with this performance. He recently performed in Kidiotic with Dicks & Jane Improv. He holds a BA from Western Washington University. 

WAYNE PA‘AKAULA (Sound Design) has acting credits that go back to work with The Kalakoa Kids, toured by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in the 1970s. He was Assistant Director for the KKT 2004 revival of Folks You Meet in Longs, and has stage-managed for KKT in fifteen previous productions, including Ola Nā Iwi and Mainland Education. He was recently seen in Uncle’s Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is Cancelled Tonight


Theatre Abbreviations

 
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Production Credits

Stage Manager...................................................................Wayne Pa‘akaula

Sound Operator................................................................Darryl Soriano

Light Operator...................................................................Jay Polk

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

Photography......................................................................Raul Soria


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