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New Play Reading at Kumu Kahua Theatre

New Play Reading at Kumu Kahua Theatre



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New Play Reading at Kumu Kahua Theatre!

Our writing class has just concluded and we're offering the attending playwrights a chance to hear their new plays read by actors.  We invite you (our Board Member, artists, supporters and subscribers) to join us to hear these new works in progress!

When: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Kumu Kahua Theatre
What: A reading of 

Age of Ophelia by Mark Dornin
Dead Water by Jennifer M. Yoo
Caney Ridge Boys by Terri Madden

The class was taught by Tali Ariav, a fascinating and dedicated teacher new to our island.  She was interviewed on Center Stage by our Managing Director, Donna Blanchard - welcome Tali!

Because our building is generally filled with performances and rehearsals, these classes were held at Red Lotus Hawaii.  Many thanks to Sensei Reiko Ho for sharing her wonderful space with us!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Embrace your loved ones, eat whatever you want and try not to talk politics!

By the way, if you haven't seen iHula yet, do yourself a favor by reserving your tickets soon.  The show closes Dec 4!

What makes this play different from any other is that there is hula. Real hula. Not the Waikiki lūʻau kind hula that has permeated every hotel beachside from Kauaʻi to Hawaiʻi Island, but real honest to goodness, beautiful hula. - Wil Kāhele, Hitting the Stage
iHula… iLoved it!   -Allan Okubo, Hitting the Stage

iHula by Ryan Okinaka
Thursday November 3, 2016 to Sunday December 4, 2016 A World Premiere
Directed by Harry Wong III

Halau Family Drama

The art of hula is interwoven into this story about four very different young women.
Kumu `Iwalani is trying her hardest to pass on her love for hula and the knowledge she has learned from her Kupuna to her students, a task that gets harder to do to with each passing generation. Pono, Kumu’s rebellious granddaughter, has better things to do then give up her nights teaching the keiki class. Jen, the only white girl in the halau, has “Miss Aloha Hula” dreams. Kanani, the youngest of the group is sick of being called a baby. And finally Pumehana is a passionate dancer who seems content with being the “big girl” in the back line. Can these hula sisters overcome their fears, pride and insecurities in order to discover the true meaning of hula? Or, will this art form be #forgotten to a generation of tweets and selfies?

A Mesmerizing Transformation

A Mesmerizing Transformation

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‘The Thin Man on the Ladder’ at Kennedy Theatre Studio S