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In 2016, the Hawaii State Theatre Council and HittingTheStage.com joined forces to create a source of information about Hawaii's local theatres and the community of playwrights, directors, crewmembers, actors, volunteers, and audience that support it. Welcome to our new website!

Hitting The Screen, 9/7-12/21

Hitting The Screen, 9/7-12/21

Listings can also be seen under the Pre-Sale Tickets on the Kahala 8 Theater page and the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium page on Fandango’s website. In addition to plays, both cinemas also screen opera and ballet performances and art exhibitions.
http://www.fandango.com/regaldolecannerystadium18imaxandrpx_aange/theaterpage
http://www.fandango.com/kahala8_aabwg/theaterpage

THEATRE

The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre)
Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, is forced to set her suitors a challenge.  The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more.  In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt.  Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock.  The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city.  But if the ships fail to return, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh.  And they do fail.  And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.
In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatizes the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre.  Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.
onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com/productions/merchant-of-venice
Kahala:  Tuesday Aug 30, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Sept 7, 2:00pm, $20

A View from the Bridge (Young Vic Theatre)
Following its smash-hit original broadcast, the Young Vic’s ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinemas due to audience demand.  The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale.  In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom.  But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price.  Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout16-a-view-from-the-bridge  
Kahala:  Tuesday Sept 13, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Sept 14, 2:00pm, $20

Richard II (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre)
Ruling by divine right, but himself ruled by caprice, King Richard exiles Henry Bolingbroke and seizes his father’s vast estates.  While Richard is distracted by a rebellion in Ireland, Bolingbroke returns to England, intent on recovering his rightful property and, with the support of his disgruntled peers, perhaps seizing the crown itself.  Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it.
onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com/productions/richard-ii
Kahala:  Tuesday Sept 20, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Sept 21, 2:00pm, $20

The Deep Blue Sea (National Theatre)
Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.  A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952.  When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbors in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge.  With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.  Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.
ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/56769-the-deep-blue-sea
Kahala:  Thursday Oct 6, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Oct 12, 2:00pm, $20

The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre)
Mack the Knife is back in town.  A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.  London scrubs up for the coronation.  The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight.  Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off…ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/56691-the-threepenny-opera
Kahala:  Tuesday Oct 11, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Oct 19, 2:00pm, $20

Frankenstein (National Theatre)
Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle, this thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.  The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation, experienced by over half a million people in cinemas around the world.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.  Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlin1-frankenstein
Dole Cannery:  Tuesday Oct 25, 7:00pm, $18.85
Kahala:  Tuesday Oct 25, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Nov 2, 2:00pm, $20

Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Britain is in crisis.  Alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster.  Can it be saved?  An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain.  Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, Cymbeline’s judgement is clouded.  When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him.  In exile Innogen's husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealousy begins a scheme to have her murdered.  Warned of the danger, Innogen runs away from court in disguise and begins a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a long-lost heir and reconcile the young lovers.
The themes of Cymbeline are as relevant today as they were when Shakespeare first wrote them. With echoes of Brexit and questions of national identity, Melly Still’s direction of Shakespeare’s rarely performed play feels surprisingly contemporary.
www.rsc.org.uk/cymbeline
Kahala:  Wednesday Oct 26, 2:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Tuesday Nov 22, 7:00pm, $20

King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company)
King Lear has ruled for many years.  As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power.  A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known.  Misjudging his children’s loyalty he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted.  Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.  Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. www.rsc.org.uk/king-lear
Kahala:  Wednesday Nov 9, 2:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Tuesday Nov 29, 7:00pm, $20

Hamlet (Barbican)
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the original 2015 broadcast was experienced by over half a million people worldwide.
As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart.  Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.  
http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlout18-hamlet
Dole Cannery:  Tuesday Nov 15, 7:00pm, $18.85
Kahala:  Tuesday Nov 15, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Nov 16, 2:00pm, $20

The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company)
Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.  Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as the unforgettable Archie Rice.
www.branaghtheatre.com/the-entertainer
Kahala:  Thursday Nov 17, 7:00pm, $20

War Horse (National Theatre)
Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit, capturing the imagination of millions of people around the world.  Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.  Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness.  At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.
ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/productions/ntlin2-war-horse
Kahala:  Tuesday Dec 6, 7:00pm, $20
Kahala:  Wednesday Dec 7, 2:00pm, $20

OPERA
Tristan und Isolde (Metropolitan Opera)
Dole Cannery:  Saturday Oct 8, 12pm, $25.13
Dole Cannery:  Wednesday Oct 12, 6:30pm, $25.13

Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera)
Dole Cannery:  Saturday Oct 22, 12:55pm, $25.13
Dole Cannery:  Wednesday Oct 26, 6:30pm, $25.13

L'Amour de Loin (Metropolitan Opera)
Dole Cannery:  Saturday Dec 10, 12:55pm, $25.13
Dole Cannery:  Wednesday Dec 21, 6:30pm, $25.13

BALLET
The Golden Age (Bolshoi Ballet)
Dole Cannery:  Sunday Oct 16, 12:55pm, $18.85
Kahala:  Sunday Oct 30, 12:30pm, $20
Kahala:  Tuesday Nov 1, 7:00pm, $20  

The Bright Stream (Bolshoi Ballet)
Dole Cannery:  Sunday Nov 6, 12:55pm, $18.85
Kahala:  Sunday Nov 6, 12:30pm, $20
Kahala:  Tuesday Nov 8, 7:00pm, $20
 
The Nutcracker (Bolshoi Ballet)
Kahala:  Sunday Dec 11, 12:30pm, $20
Kahala:  Tuesday Dec 13, 7:00pm, $20
Dole Cannery:  Sunday Dec 18, 12:55pm, $14.66

Congress is Unanimous- ‘1776’ is a Hit

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Coming Soon: ‘Ilima Awards

Coming Soon: ‘Ilima Awards