‘Plantation Plays’ by The Leeward Theatre and Hawaii’s Plantation Village
Hawaii’s Plantation Village
November 4 - 19, 2017
All shows at 12pm
The Leeward Theatre is proud to announce the return of the children’s theatre production Plantation Plays for our 43rd Season! Plantation Plays is a series of three short works by local playwrights Kiki, Courtney Takabayashi, and Kirstyn Trombetta. The plays are site specific productions at Hawaii’s Plantation Village. The actors will also be performing during the week to area elementary schools who visit Hawaii's Plantation Village. Former Leeward faculty member and award winning local director Ashley DeMoville directed the original production, and helped to coordinate the remount.
With the Leeward Theatre’s main stage facility closed over the past year for repairs, the Theatre has had to look beyond the four walls of the building to make productions happen. “Ever since Hawaii’s Plantation Village board president Deanna Espinas participated in our 2014 production The Waipahu Project we have been trying to get one of our performances to their location.” says former Leeward Theatre Manager Kemuel DeMoville. “They have such a beautiful and evocative space that it just cries out for live performance. I’m really happy that this partnership has continued on and I hope it builds more partnerships in the future.”
About the Three Plays:
All three of these plays were commissioned by the Leeward Theatre to premiere at Hawaii’s Plantation Village in the Spring of 2017. Each play is site specific – meaning that the playwright wrote the play to be performed at a particular area or space at Hawaii’s Plantation Village.
Lost Boy by Kiki. When Boy wanders off alone while playing the newest mobile game called Flora & Flumes, he finds himself transported to a different world- an early 1900's Hawaii Plantation. Boy ends up on a wild adventure with 8 year old Ito, who teaches Boy that the best games are played with real friends.
Jan Shoda and the Case of the Missing Chicken by Courtney Takabayashi. Jan Shoda is a precocious 10-year old Japanese girl living on the plantation with her family. One day, her beloved pet chicken, Koke-san goes missing. Jan spends the day looking for clues, interrogating her neighbors, and learning about different cultures in order to solve the Case of the Missing Chicken.
Saudade by Kirstyn Trombetta. In the Portuguese camp, Lizzie and her little brother Reese find a seemingly worthless, dusty old box. News of the discovery travels throughout the camp, leading people to believe it contains some extra fortune and they become very interested in the object. The siblings realize they have a responsibility to return the box to its rightful owner and learn that some things are irreplaceable.
About The Leeward Theatre:
Our ultimate goal here at The Leeward Theatre is to build community through live performance. The more of our community that is allowed to access our events the more likely it is for young people and other individuals to take action to improve their community. Creativity is life affirming – no matter the quality or value of what was created. It is a step toward life; toward adding something to the world that did not exist before. The Leeward Theatre exists as a place where creativity is practiced on a daily basis – where students, community members, and trained artists can engage with and empower one another. This is not just a building on a college campus - it is living breathing extension of the community. It is a place that has the power to inspire, the power to enlighten, and the power to educate.
The Leeward Theatre is undergoing a major renovation thanks to the generous support of the Legislature, the Governor, and the University of Hawaii. Although we have a reduced season, we're not completely dark. Come check out the fantastic offerings we have for our 43rd Season!
About Hawaii’s Plantation Village
Step back in time to when ‘sugar was King’ and experience the real Hawaii. Hawaii’s Plantation Village is the perfect location for keiki, family, and all ages to explore a living history museum and botanical garden. A visit to us opens a door to a time of true hospitality and cultural sharing that sprung from Hawaii’s plantation life.
Hawaii's Plantation Village is an outdoor museum telling the story of life on Hawaii's sugar plantations (circa 1850-1950). The Village includes restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures, including houses of various ethnic groups and community buildings such as the plantation store, infirmary, bathhouse and manager's office. We share the story of Hawaii's many cultures: including Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese and Puerto Rican.