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Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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Honolulu, HI 96822

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September 13, 2004



The University of Hawai'i at M~noa's Department of Theatre and Dance presents the world premiere of "This Is My House," an innovative performance piece that explores the idea of family in our changing world. Part of Late Night Theatre's 2004-2005 season, "This Is My House" was conceived and written by UHM graduate students Carolyn Covalt and Jennifer Bolieu, and is directed by Bolieu. "This Is My House" performs at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on October 30, November 5 and 6 at 11 p.m., and October 31 in an 8 p.m. "matin-eve" performance. A post-show discussion with the cast and creative team will follow the Friday, November 5 performance.

"This Is My House" delves into the complex structures and definitions of family in today's society, using a variety of perspectives to examine such issues as marriage, childbearing and genetics. It is by turns comic and serious, introspective and confrontational. Covalt and Bolieu developed their script out of a series of interviews and discussions with members of the community. A small ensemble of actors re-constructs their words into monologues, dialogues, vignettes and movement pieces. The creators describe their work as similar to "a stained glass window -- there are many different elements if you look very closely, but when you step back to look at the whole, it creates one connected work of art."

Carolyn Covalt is an M.F.A. candidate in Asian performance at U.H.M., a versatile actor and scholar of Japanese theatre. No stranger to the unique collaborative style of "This Is My House," Covalt participated in two similarly created productions while pursuing an M.A. in performance studies at the University of North Carolina. Jennifer Bolieu is an award-winning director, designer and actor who has directed plays for California Lutheran University and the American Musical Theatre Ensemble. Currently working towards an M.F.A. in directing at U.H.M., Bolieu staged the critically acclaimed "The Most Massive Woman Wins" for Late Night Theatre's 2003-2004 season.

Tickets for "This Is My House" go on sale one hour before showtime each night of the production, at the door of the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. Ticket prices are $8 general admission, $7 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, and $3 UHM students with validated Fall 2004 student ID. Latecomers will not be admitted once the performance has begun. For more information, including disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (voice/text).


WHAT: This Is My House

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance

WHEN: October 30, November 5*, 6 at 11:00 pm
October 31 at 8pm

 *Post-Show Rap

WHERE: UHMís Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at Kennedy Theatre

TICKET PRICES:$8 regular, $7 non-UHM students, seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $3 UHM students
w/ valid Fall 2004 UHM ID

TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)

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