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Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Contact: Kristy Miller, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
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email: theatre-pr@hawaii.edu

February 25, 2003
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UHM KENNEDY THEATRE’S LAB THEATRE DELVES INTO VIOLENT WORLD OF HORROR COMIC BOOK FANTASY WITH “DARKWEED” THIS JANUARY

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Darkweed," an original play by MFA candidate Deborah Poage in partial completion of a MFA in playwrighting. This play is a theatrical venture into the realm of horror comic book fantasy. “Darkweed” will be directed by Sammie Choy, and will be presented in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre January 29, 30, 31 and February 1 at 8pm and February 2 at 2pm. A post show rap will follow the Friday night performance.

The main character Fred (played by Chris Doi), an aspiring teenage horror comic book creator, falls victim to his own prized creation Darkweed (Jonathan Dwight Shigeo Egged). He releases the frustration he feels with the hypocrisy of the world through his stories. His particular targets include his school counselor and her husband (Alexandria Baldwin and Gilbert Molina), his brother (Terry Allen), and his brother’s girlfriends (Cindy Beth Davis and Jessica Behner). Fred creates situations where Darkweed destroys his adversaries by revealing the truth about them and convincing them to destroy each other or themselves. Feeling powerless in his real-life experience, Fred delves deeper into the comfortable world of his creative fantasies until the boundaries between Fred’s reality and fantasy are blurred, and tragedy ensues.

Choy was a professional actor in the San Francisco area before she returned to Hawai‘i to pursue an MFA in directing. Her previous directing endeavor at UHM’s Kennedy Theatre was last Spring’s Late Night production of the post September 11 anthology “What Keeps Me Here.”

Poage has her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Philosophy, from UHM. She has written screenplays as well as stage plays and was the assistant director for Kennedy Theatre’s epic “Faust II” and “Master and Margarita.” Poage is currently developing the continuing adventures of Darkweed and Fred in graphic novel format.

Tickets for "Darkweed" go on sale Monday, January 27 at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office. Tickets may be purchased in person or by phone at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday, 10am to 3pm. Ticket prices are $9 regular, $7 for seniors, military, UH faculty staff, for youth and non-UHM students, and $3 for UHM students with a validated Spring 2003 ID. For more information, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655. (v/t)

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“Darkweed”

Wednesday, January 29 8pm

Thursday, January 30 8pm

Friday, January 31 8pm*

Saturday, February 1 8pm

Sunday, February 2 2pm

$9 Regular

$7 Non-UHM Student, Senior, Military, UH Faculty and Staff

$3 UHM Student with Valid Spring 2003 ID

*Post Show Rap

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