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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 1, 2004

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"PERFORMER, DIRECTOR, POET PUTS A HIP-HOP SPIN ON MYTH"

The University of Hawai‘i at M~noa’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents "Jaguar Priests: Our Culture is a Myth, a hip-hop theatre myth," written and directed by M.F.A. Directing candidate Cee/Cristian E. Ellauri. "Jaguar Priests" weaves a tapestry of words, movement, and live music to re-examine the ideas of humanity and civilization. The language of "hip-hop" slam poetry and original music by Mariah Dodson contribute to the innovative nature of this work. "Jaguar Priests: Our Culture is a Myth, a hip-hop theatre myth" will be performed on December 1, 2, 3, 4 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Kennedy Theatre Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. A post-show rap follows the performance on Friday, December 3.

Street performance in Waikiki and working with the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. have influenced Cee’s style. Another piece by Cee, "Chase: a hip-hop theatre production," had a successful run during the 2002-2003 Kennedy Theatre season and was subsequently remounted at Studio 1.

"Jaguar Priests" is set in the Fertile Crescent at the dawn of the Agricultural Revolution and in contemporary America. In the story, the characters of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel argue about the direction in which the world should go. Interwoven between the scenes, a group of singing, acrobatic Fools travel through time and keep the audience informed of time and place. According to Cee, "It’s a hip-hop style journey through the evolution of the mind, and the many conflicts it provokes." Additionally, Cee seeks to expose the "sacred myth of our culture." Other inspirations include the writings of Joseph Campbell, the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn and the 2012 apocalyptic prophesy of the Mayan calendar.

The sixteen actor-singer-dancers that form the ensemble include three popular local performers: Jazumin Davis (a.k.a. Lumenz), Joel Spier, and Jonathan Clarke Sypert (a.k.a Intrepid). A former student at UHM, Sypert acts professionally in local commercials and for the Honolulu Theatre of Youth, is a vocalist in the band "Communication" and a member of the Hawaii poetry-slam team.

Tickets for "Jaguar Priests: Our Culture is a Myth, a hip-hop theatre myth" go on sale Monday, Nov. 29. Prices are $10 regular, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students with validated Fall 04 UHM ID. Tickets may be charged-by-phone at 956-7655 (voice/text) or purchased at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. http://www.etickethawaii.comA $2.00 service charge will be applied to all charge-by-phone sales. For more information or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655 (voice/text).

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WHAT: "“Jaguar Priests: Our Culture is Myth"

PRESENTED BY: UHM Department of Theatre & Dance

WHEN: December 1, 2, 3*, 4 at 8pm
and December 5 at 2pm
*post-show rap

WHERE:UHM’s Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

TICKET PRICES:$10 regular, $8 seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, non-UHM students, $3 UHM students w/ valid Fall 2004 UHM ID

TICKET INFO: 956-7655 (voice/text)

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