Women In Theatre - A female prospective to historical events
Women In Theatre
A female prospective to historical events
July 21 thru August 20, 2017
HONOLULU June 26, 2017
The Performing Arts Department of Chaminade University will present the Chaminade University Collegiate Theatre Festival July 21 through August 20, 2017 at the Richard T Mamiya Theatre and Loo Theatre, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. The festival is a summer theatre program featuring student producers, directors, actors, designers and technicians. This year’s theme is Women in Theatre featuring three plays: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, The Virtue In Propaganda and Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka. All three plays were written by women exploring culturally diverse historical events from a female prospective. Chaminade is also featuring female students in every level of the production team.
The Tony Award nominated play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 written by Anna Deavere Smith is a compilation of monologues created from over 300 interviews during the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. It was originally performed by Anna Deavere Smith as a one-woman show. Chaminade’s production, directed by UHM graduate student, Anna Hamaguchi will feature sevenactors portraying multiple characters. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the LA riots which were sparked by the brutal police beating of Rodney King and the subsequent acquittal of the police officers involved. This piece of verbatim theatre explores multiple perspectives on the continuously current theme of police brutality and racism. Reflecting on the LA riots 25 years ago brings us to the present Black Lives Matter movement as a result of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner among others. Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 will open the festival and be presented on July 21st–22nd and 28th-29th at 7:30 p.m., 23rd and 30that 4pm at the Loo Theatre.
Next up in the festival is The Virtue in Propaganda, an original work by UHM graduate Michelle Huynh. Director and Chaminade faculty member, Chris Patrinos will be presenting this new work as a staged reading in a radio show style. A woman living in the countryside of Saigon adopts a young “lai” girl. Living in war-stricken Vietnam during 1974, the girl must learn to adapt to her surroundings especially when she is seen as the outcast of the village. The story follows her as she tries to overcome her battles with society, culture and family ties while trying to survive the war and political conflict consuming her village. The Virtue in Propaganda will “air” August 11th & 12th at 7:30pm at the Loo Theatre.
Chaminade will conclude the festival with its first Hawaiian Language play, Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka written and directed by the first UHM Hawaiian theatre MFA graduate, Kau’i Kaina. Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka presents the mo’olelo of Hi’iakaikapoliopele and Pelehonuamea. We follow Hi’iakaikapoliopele’s challenging journey to Kaua’i. Along the way, her adversity helps her to gain the strength to rival her sister, Pelehonuamea. Each sister gains the power to extinguish the delicate balance of fire, water and the land’s rebirth. Only a truce between these two sisters can restore the natural life cycle of the land. This legend is performed entirely in Hawaiian featuring both mele and hula.There will be both evening performances and school day performances of Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka. Evening performances will be presented Aug 18th & 19th at 7:30pm and Aug 20th at 4pm at the Mamiya Theatre.
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Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.