HTS #232- Keep the Aloha Going
Aloha everyone, and welcome to the 232nd issue of Hitting the Stage!
This post was made well past 10pm Hawaii Standard Time. I admit, I dropped the ball in terms of timing, and I take full responsibility for not getting this out to everyone sooner. Usually, we post between 3-4pm, as that is optimal for postings; 10-11am is more optimal, but I like to give myself some time to work. I could have posted it tomorrow, and the world would not have ended. However, I didn't- I needed to post it now.
Our nation, and our world, is in a constant state of tumult. With the recent events centered in Charlottesville, I often ask myself- how is this still happening? I need to constantly ask myself that and find the answers to that question because living in Hawaii, we are often removed from such racial tensions. Our racial tensions in the islands is different, and sometimes still heated, but we can all agree it is not on the scale that is happening on the mainland. This has been happening for years, and personally, I feel powerless sometimes, living on an island. It's hard for me to donate to charities because I don't make enough, and I'm often working or in rehearsal during rallies. Surely some of our readers know the boat I find myself in.
However, one thing is for certain in my heart, and it's that the arts must be there. Whether it be through theatre, song, dance, comedy, physical art, we must be able to communicate. It's the first, second, sometimes even tenth step in having a discussion or dialogue. We must be able to tell the stories of all- stories that get you to laugh and cry and sing, and the stories that you may not know about because some marginalized groups are out of your range of vision (thank you, Playbuilders Hawaii). We must keep our art strong, because once we lose it, our world will be that much colder. A shoutout to new local theatre company, E.P.O.C.H., which is a theatre company focused on telling the stories of persons of color the world over.
This is why I needed to post this- I want to let everyone know that theatre is alive and strong, and we would love to see you at one of the many productions here in the islands. When you watch theatre, don't be like me and see it alone. Bring a friend! Bring many! Then talk about it after. Anything to keep the aloha strong, and to stir the community with a new and warm life.
This week, HTS Staff Reviewer saw Twelf Nite O'Whateva under the stars, and you can check that out here. I went and saw The Seagull on Sunday, and wrote about that here. Both productions have shows this weekend, but we also have more shows opening this week! The Choir Boy at TAG, ‘Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka at the Chaminade Collegiate Theatre Festival, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Theatre Found at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre all open August 18! There is a lot of great, important theatre happening, and so much more to come. Keep the aloha going, and join us as we tell the stories.