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

Contact: Jessica L. Jacob, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
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email: theatre-pr@hawaii.edu

November 12, 2003
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“THE SUCCESSFUL LIFE OF 3” AT THE KENNEDY THEATRE!

The University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “The Successful Life of 3,” by Maria Irene Fornes. Directed by UHM student Emma Palumbo, this hilarious and thought-provoking deconstruction of gender and sexuality is the second production of Late Night Theatre's 2003-04 season. “The Successful Life of 3” will be performed in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on December 6, 12, and 13 at 11 p.m. and December 7 at 8 p.m. A post-show discussion with the director and cast will follow the Friday, December 12 performance.

“The Successful Life of 3” follows the adventures of three characters - named HE, SHE, and 3 - as they physically define, embrace, and fall victim to the stereotypes of their genders including; the “sexy nurse,” the “baby machine,” the “male protector,” and 3's bizarre and bestial sexuality. Director Palumbo plans to integrate experimental staging techniques, dance, and audience participation into what she describes as “an interpretive, interactive, and comedic theatrical experience.”

Maria Irene Fornes is the prolific author of “Promenade,” “Fefu and Her Friends,” and “The Conduct of Life.” A pioneer of American feminist theatre, Fornes has won eight Obie awards and a Pulitzer nomination. “The Successful Life of 3” received the Obie for Distinguished Play when it was first produced off-Broadway in 1965.

Emma Palumbo is an undergraduate at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa studying Political Theatre through the Liberal Studies program. She co-directed Kennedy Theatre's highly successful “Vagina Monologues,” and played the lecherous Charles in last season's smash hit “Hysterical: A Short History of the Vibrator.” Palumbo reprised the role this past summer at the New York Fringe Festival, where “Hysterical” enjoyed a successful run.

Tickets for "The Successful Life of 3" go on sale one hour before curtain each night at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Ticket prices are $8 regular, $7 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, and non-UHM students, and $3 for UHM students with validated Fall 2003 UHM 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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