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"Shipwreck'd on the Body Beautiful, or the Tats Dancing Man" at Kumu Kahua Theatre

"Shipwreck'd on the Body Beautiful, or the Tats Dancing Man" at Kumu Kahua Theatre


Shipwreck'd on the Body Beautiful, or the Tats Dancing Man

Kumu Kahua Theatre

Jan 17-Feb 17

Thu-Sat at 8:00pm, Sun at 2:00pm

Kumu Kahua Theatre proudly presents Shipwreck’d on the Body Beautiful or the Tats Dancing Man by Daniel A. Kelin, II , directed by Harry Wong, III, running January 17 - February 17, 2019.

James F. O’Connell, America’s first Tattooed Man, headlined P. T. Barnum’s freak show, proudly displaying his head-to-foot tattoos. Shipwrecked on the Caroline Islands in the first half of the 19th century, O’Connell saved himself from death by performing Irish jigs-and so began the slow process of his assimilation into Ponapean culture. Based on a true story, this poetic one-man show recounts a compelling narrative of physical appropriation.

This production contains adult language and themes.


This play runs: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31; February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2019

Sundays 2pm: January 20, 27; February 10, *17, 2019

*American Sign Language Interpretation available upon request.


Following the performance on Friday, January 25th  there will be a free talk story.  These talk stories are offered on the 2nd Friday of each production run and include an opportunity to gain behind the scenes insight from the director, cast and playwright (when available). 

Tickets for performances can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting the box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel and Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at KumuKahua.org.

Ticket prices are $5-$25

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