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By Kishida RioThread Hell
Directed by Colleen Lanki, UHM alumna and guest director

Thread Hell is playwright and director Kishida Rio's masterpiece of the Japanese avant-garde, or angura, movement. Poetic language and dark imagery weave a tale of female identity and give voice to the women in the textile mills, spinning thread and reinventing their personal histories in opposition to the strings that hold them in place. This award-winning play will be directed by Colleen Lanki, Artistic Director of TomoeArts, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thread Hell is supported in part by grants from The Office of the Chancellor, University of Hawai`i at Manoa; Center for Japanese Studies, UH Manoa; Norma Bird Nichols, Phd Asian Theatre Endowment Fund; The National Resource Center East Asia, UHM; Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu

Tickets and Showtimes

April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm
April 21 at 2pm
Advance Super Saver (valid until Sept. 1): $15.00 Regular: $24.00
Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff: $22.00
UHAA Members: $15.00
Students: $13.00
UH Manoa Students with Valid ID: $5.00

Super Saver tickets available until Sept 1. Non-Super Saver tickets are available online, at outlets, by phone and at Kennedy Theatre beginning Sept 10. All service fees included in prices.

Book Tickets

Special Events

Free Pre-Show Chats: Sat April 13 and 20 at 7pm:

Historical References and Themes in Thread Hell - Dramaturge Yining Lin talks about a variety of historical and social references in the script. April 13

Angura Theatre, Kishida Rio, and Thread Hell - Guest artist and production director Colleen Lanki discusses the angura (underground) theatre movement of Japan, playwright Kishida Rio and early productions of Thread Hell. April 20


UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night Thurs April 18


Workshop on Japanese Performing and Visual Arts Sat March 2 from 9am-4pm in Moore 319 (Tokioka Room)


World of Kishida Rio Fri March 8 from 5pm-6pm in ART Bldg. 101



Thread Hell Audition Notice

Information about guest director Colleen Lanki

Information from the Dramaturg about the show and the production

Press Release

Publicity Photos



Ka Leo Feature 4/12/13

Listen to director Colleen Lanki talk about the show on Hawaii Public Radio's The Conversation, starting at about 20:05.

Ka Leo Review, 4/15/13

Hitting the Stage Review, 4/16/13

Production Photos