Kennedy Theatre 2004-2005 Performances




On the Mainstage

How Da B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly

Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 18 & 25 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 & 26 at 2:00 p.m.

By Lisa Matsumoto
Directed by Tamara Hunt-Montgomery

Lisa Matsumoto, Hawai`i's popular pidgin playwright, has created her own local style "Just So Story." How Da B-52 Cockroach Learned to Fly is a delightful musical adaptation of her popular children's book by the same title that tells the story of Kimo the cockroach and his quest to help his fellow roaches find their place in Hawai#i's insect kingdom. Directing is Tamara Hunt-Montgomery, who directed the original production in 1995 when it was called Das How Come.

Tickets on sale September 7
$15 Regular
$12 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Non-UHM Students and Children
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM Photo ID

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Manoa Valley

Oct. 29, 30, Nov. 4, 5, 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m.

By Edward Sakamoto
Directed by Glenn Cannon

Manoa Valley provides a nostalgic glimpse at local life just before statehood. Expressed in the rich pidgin of Hawai#i, this play is a warm and gentle look over the back fence into the lives of a local Japanese family. It received its world-premiere at Kennedy Theatre in 1982 under the direction of Glenn Cannon and played to packed houses. Playwright Edward Sakamoto has written a number of plays about Hawai#i and her people, including Our Hearts were Touched with Fire, Aloha! Las Vegas and the Manoa Valley trilogy.

Tickets on sale October 18
$15 Regular
$12 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Luck and Loss: Manandin’s Gamble

Jan. 28, 29, Feb. 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Traditional Indonesian Randai
Directed by Kirstin Pauka
Guest Master Artists: Mohamad Halim and Saparman Bin Jamaludin

A traditional West Sumatran Randai folk play featuring martial arts, dance, singing, music, and pants-slapping percussion, Manandin's Gamble is a traditional coming-of-age story about love, gambling, and adventure. Master artists from West Sumatra, Mohamad Halim, internationally renowned master of traditional Minangkabau music, and Saparman Bin Jamaludin, master-teacher of Randai dance, acting, and silat (martial arts) will provide specialized training. UHM is the only university in the world that produces Indonesian Randai in English.

Tickets on sale January 18
$15 Regular
$12 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Swoop, Tumble, Fly: The Art of Motion
Annual Dance Concert

March 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 p.m.
March 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Choreography by UH Faculty and Guests

The Art of Motion begins with an African fusion dance by guest artist Chuck Davis, one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of African dance in America. A large cast of UHM dance students and community members will perform in this breathtaking blend of artistry, athleticism, dynamism, and explosive energy featuring traditional African, contemporary African American, and modern dance repertoire. The program will culminate with a collaboration between UH’s four resident faculty members who will employ a variety of flying and climbing apparatus to accentuate the beauty of motion in space.

Tickets on sale February 22
$15 Regular
$12 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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twelf nite o’ WATEVA!

April 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 at 8:00 p.m.
May 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Adapted by James Grant Benton from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or What You Will
Directed by Terence Knapp

This fabulous and funny pidgin retelling of Shakespeare’s glorious comedy is set in the Kingdom of Hawai#i. Written by James Grant Benton, one of the original members of "Booga Booga", the popular local comic group of the seventies, WATEVA! broke new ground in bringing Shakespeare to local audiences and in bringing pidgin to the stage. It will again be directed by Terence Knapp, who was instrumental in bringing the original to life, and will serve as a tribute to Benton, who passed away in 2002.

Tickets on sale April 11
$15 Regular
$12 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Special Events

The Love for Three Oranges

A free outdoor performance, held outside the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Nov. 19 and 20 at 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at 4:00 p.m.

By Doreen B. Heard
Directed and Designed by Pawaluk Suraswadi

Prince Tartaglia never smiles. The only way to cure him is to seek and acquire three magical oranges from the wicked fairy Creonta. This hero’s journey is brought to life by colorful masked characters and puppets of all shapes and sizes in this family theatre production. Recommended for children eight years and older.

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Jim Gamble and his Puppets present Circus!

Mainstage Special Event
Jan. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Calliope and circus band music provides a colorful musical backdrop for string and rod puppets performing circus feats on an open stage. Skillfully manipulated by master puppeteer Jim Gamble, this production has toured Korea and Japan and was featured at "Open House at the Hollywood Bowl." Perfect for families with children ages 3 and up.

Tickets on sale January 3
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty
$ 8 Non-UHM Students and Children
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM Photo ID

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Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash XXXV

Mainstage Special Event
April 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Terence Knapp celebrates the Bard’s birthday with readings, songs and stories. Free and open to the public

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Prime Time in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Philemon

Sept. 1, 2, 3*, 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 5 at 2:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, Sept. 3 performance

By Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Allyson Paris

Written by the team who created the still popular The Fantasticks, Philemon follows the transformation of Cockian the clown from criminal to martyr in Antioch, Rome, 300 years after the death of Christ. The Ernst Lab Theatre is the perfect site for the catchy tunes and haunting melodies of this musical theatre experience.

Tickets on sale August 30
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Fall Footholds I

Oct. 6, 7, 8*, 9 at 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 at 2:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday Oct. 8 performance

The first Footholds dance concert of the season features a variety of dance styles and choreography by UHM dance students.

Tickets on sale October 4
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Fall Footholds II: You Are The Mirror

Nov. 17, 18, 19*, 20 at 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 at 2:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, Nov. 19 performance

MFA dance candidate Wayles E. S. Haynes presents a program of her diverse choreography from the past three years. You Are The Mirror aims to entertain while challenging traditional ideas of the roles of art maker and art watcher.

Tickets on sale November 15
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Jaguar Priests: Our Culture is a Myth

Dec 1, 2, 3*, 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Dec 5 at 2:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, Dec. 3 performance

Written and Directed by Cee

The sacred myth of our culture is held deep within our hearts. Told with world music and dance, this play is written and directed by Cee/Cristian E. Ellauri (creator of the 2003 Late Night production Chase: a hip-hop theatre production) and is inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell and the novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

Tickets on sale Nov 29
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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The Odyssey

Feb 19 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Feb 20 at 2:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Saturday, Feb. 19 evening performance

By Gregory A. Falls and Kurt Beattie
Directed by CoCo WielFeb 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Giant puppets and masked characters help tell the tale of Odysseus’ epic journey home from the Trojan War in this family theatre production. Perfect for families with children ages eight and up.

Tickets on sale February 14
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 8 Children (Odyssey only)
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Pandora & The Seven Deadly Sins

March 30, 31, April 1*, 2 at 8:00 p.m.
April 3 at 2:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, Apr. 1 performance

by Paul Wood and Cassandra Wormser

This original masked drama, inspired by Balinese topeng, looks at modern interpretations of the seven deadly sins. Our production is dedicated to the late Maui artist Beverly Tresan who carved the nine exquisite masks that will make their premiere in this production.

Tickets on sale March 28
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Spring Footholds: Moving Images
An Evening of Dance, Poetry, and Music

May 4, 5, 6*, 7 at 8pm
May 8 at 2pm
*post-show rap follows Friday, May 6 performance

Imagine...dances that speak, poems that move, and music that paints a story. Moving Images features solo choreography by MFA dance candidate Nicole Pouliot and a large ensemble work with original music by Minneapolis composer Will Fehlow. Dances by senior BFA dance students round out the program.

Tickets on sale May 2
$10 Regular
$ 8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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Late Night in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

The Cyclops

Sept. 18, 24*, 25 at 11:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 at 8:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, September 24 performance

By Euripides
Translated by Paul Roche
Directed by Ashley Larson

The only full-length extant satyr play, The Cyclops is a crass and playful comedy that incorporates dance and theatre.

Tickets on sale at the door one hour before curtain
$ 8 Regular
$ 7 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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This Is My House

Oct. 30, Nov 5*, 6 at 11:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 at 8:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, November 5 performance

Conceived by Carolyn Covalt and Jennifer Bolieu
Directed by Jennifer Bolieu

This collage of performance pieces created through interviews and improvisation explores the structure and definitions of family in our changing society.

Tickets on sale at the door one hour before curtain
$ 8 Regular
$ 7 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated UHM ID

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The Captive

March 5, 11*, 12 at 11:00 p.m.
March 6 at 8:00pm
*post-show rap follows Friday, March 11 performance

By Matthew G. Lewis
Directed by Frank Episale

Director Episale uses the text of an 1800's monodrama (play with one actor) and four masked guards to depict the now iconic scenes of brutality from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The gothic script features a woman held captive in a mental institution; the imprisonment forces her to the limits of sanity. Current, edgy, political and topical - this performance is sure to spark discussion.

Tickets on sale at the door one hour before curtain
$ 8 Regular
$ 7 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated Spring 05 UHM ID

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Arabian Night

April 23, 29*, 30 at 11:00 p.m.
April 24 at 8:00 p.m.
*post-show rap follows Friday, April 29 performance

By Roland Schimmelpfennig
Directed by Peter Ruocco

Arabian Night takes place in an apartment complex on a hot summer night. Intoxicated into delirium, neighbors who are strangers lose touch with reality, acting on suppressed passion and hidden desires. The end result is confusion, danger and chaos - if it is real and not heat-induced fantasy.

Tickets on sale at the door one hour before curtain
$ 8 Regular
$ 7 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Non-UHM Students
$ 3 UHM Students with Validated Spring 05 UHM ID

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