of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Kristy Miller, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)
A HIP-HOP THEATRE PRODUCTION” CLOSES LATE NIGHT SEASON WITH
REVOLUTION AND FANTASY"
The University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Department of Theatre
and Dance presents ”Chase: A Hip-Hop Theatre Production,"
conceived and directed by MFA Directing student Cee (Cristian E.
Ellauri). Chase and his friends use hip-hop to break the chains
of conformity and discover a new way of life. "Chase: A Hip-Hop
Theatre Production " makes its world premiere as it ends the
11th season of the Earle Ernst Lab’s Late Night Theatre and
will play April 25, 26, May 2, 3 at 11pm.
driving form of communication is the beat of hip-hop. Much of the
dialogue is rap and mixed with the rhythm of a full band ––
guitar, saxophone, didgery-do, and chorus. Director and cast have
linked forces and local poet Ka’Aloha (Steve Wong), who plays
the leading role of Chase, in developing the rap language of the
play. Break dancing and the Brazilian martial arts form called Capoeira
create exciting and interesting movement for this play.
This fantasy takes place in a "Matrix" type reality where
people are covered in gray and they can not see or feel their true
self. Chase and his sister Derrius manage to break free from this
imprisonment and face the challenges of freeing their friends. Derrius
believes in order to win she must use violence and manipulation.
Chase learns from a wise shaman that only through the power of love
and understanding is a better world possible. The good and the bad
battle it out in a battle of rap/hip-hop poetry like Eminem sings
A Post-Show Rap in which the audience is invited to discuss the
play and rehearsal process with the director, playwright, and performers
is scheduled to immediately follow the Friday night performances.
Tickets for "Chase:
A Hip-Hop Theatre Production " will go on sale one hour before
curtain each night of the production at the door of the Earle Ernst
Lab Theatre. Ticket prices are $7 Regular, $6 Discount for students,
seniors, military, and UH faculty/staff, and $3 for UHM students
with validated Spring 2003 Student ID. Latecomers will not be admitted
once the performance has begun. For more information or disability
access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (v/t.)
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April 26 11pm
May 3 11pm
Student, Senior, Military, UH, Faculty and Staff
$3 UHM Student
with Valid Spring 2003 ID