Kennedy Theatre 2005-2006 Performances




On the Mainstage

The Boy Who Tricked the Moon

The Boy Who Tricked the Moon

Originally scheduled for Fri, Sept 30 and Sat, Oct 1 at 7:00pm
Sun, Oct 2 at 2:00pm

By Rita Grauer
Directed by Tamara Hunt-Montgomery

Notice: This show has been cancelled due to major construction project delays in the theatre! Look for it to be scheduled in the 2006-07 season! Call the box office at 956-7655 for more information.

Battle of Will

Battle of Will

November 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8:00pm
November 20 at 2:00pm

American Premiere
By Laurent Gaudé
Translated by David Greig
Directed by Markus Wessendorf

Pre-Show Events on Sat, Nov 12 & 19 at 7pm
Interpreted in American Sign Language on Sat, Nov 19
Special UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night on Fri, Nov 18

Battle of Will combines the tough-guy universe of Quentin Tarantino, the Godfather movies and The Sopranos with the elegance of classical French drama. The play of last year’s Prix Goncourt-winner Laurent Gaudé is about the power struggle between the Boss of a criminal organization and a Young Man whose family was murdered by the Boss. Markus Wessendorf’s production of Battle of Will at Kennedy Theatre will introduce the exciting work of the 32-year old French playwright for the first time to an American audience.

Ticket Prices:
$15 Regular
$13 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Students
$ 4 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Women Generals of the Yang Family

Women Generals of the Yang Family

February 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00pm
February 19 at 2:00pm

American Premiere of this martial Jingju (Beijing opera), performed in English
As taught by Madam Shen Xiaomei, Mr. Lu Genzhang, Ms. Zhang Ling, and Mr. Zhang Xigui
Translated by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and Huimei Chang
Directed by: Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak
Musical Direction by Frederick Lau and Daniel Tschudi

Pre-Show Events on Sat, Feb 11 & 18 at 7pm
Interpreted in American Sign Language on Sat, Feb 18
Special UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night on Wed & Thurs, Feb 15 & 16

This full-length Jingju in English, features live music, beautiful singing, gorgeous costumes, and thrilling martial displays and is one of the most popular Jingju of the second half of the twentieth century. When the emperor prepares to surrender because the last male general has been killed in battle, the women of the Yang family take up arms. Through clever strategy and remarkable bravery they prove they too can be victorious. Master artist-teachers from China will be in residence for six months training UH students for this extraordinary production.

Ticket Prices:
$18 Regular
$16 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$12 Students
$ 4 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Guide to Jingju
Bios on the Guest Teachers from China
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Photo sheet on training program
Poster
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Honolulu Advertiser Preview Article
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Honorary Degree presentation
Honolulu Star Bulletin Article
Ka Leo O Hawaii Preview Article
Honolulu Advertiser Review
Honolulu Star Bulletin Review
Short video teaser
Production Photos I (Photos by Shimabuku)
Production Photos II (Photos by Barnes)
Production Photos III (Photos by Uemoto)

Annual Dance Concert

Annual Dance Concert

March 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00pm
March 26 at 2:00pm

Hawai‘i premiere of an Alwin Nikolais piece, with new choreography by UH Faculty
Performance by students from UHM

Pre-Show Events on Sat, Mar 18 & 25 at 7pm
Special UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night on Fri, Mar 24

Featured on this year’s program will be a work by Alwin Nikolais, one of the preeminent choreographers of our time. His signature piece "Tensile Involvement" was his first major work and gave American modern dance a totally new look as dancers created an enormous and ever-changing "Cat’s Cradle" using long elastic bands. It will be seen for the first time in Hawai‘i along with exciting new choreography by UH Dance Faculty.

Ticket Prices:
$15 Regular
$13 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Students
$ 4 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros

April 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8:00pm
April 30 at 2:00pm

Hawai‘i Premiere
By Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Glenn Cannon

Pre-Show Events on Sat, April 22 & 29 at 7pm
Interpreted in American Sign Language on Sat, April 29
Special UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night on Fri, April 28

Ionesco gives us a funny yet savage commentary on the absurdity of the human condition made tolerable by self-delusion. He shows us the struggle of the individual to maintain his integrity and identity alone in a world where all others have succumbed to the "beauty" of brute force and mindlessness.

Ticket Prices:
$15 Regular
$13 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff
$10 Students
$ 4 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Special Events

Jim Gamble and his Puppets

Jim Gamble and his Puppets

Mainstage
Saturday, January 7 at 7:00pm

Award-winning puppeteer Jim Gamble returns to the Kennedy Theatre stage with his band of engaging marionettes. Gamble has toured his shows all over the world and wins the hearts of young and old with his band of life-like friends.

Ticket Prices:
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty
$ 8 Students, Children
$ 4 UHM Students with validated UHM Photo ID

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Prime Time in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Vinegar Tom

Vinegar Tom

September 7, 8, 9, 10 at 8:00pm
September 11 at 2:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, September 9

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Lurana Donnels O’Malley

A challenging yet engaging play with live music by Sean T. C. O’Malley to the playwright’s lyrics. This provocative production juxtaposes two eras, with scenes from the English witch-hunts of the 1650s and modern songs in the style of 1950s American pop music. One of the leading playwrights of our day, Churchill examines themes of women’s rigidly defined roles in society.

Ticket Prices:
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Fall Footholds

October 19, 20, 21, 22 at 8:00pm
October 23 at 2:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, October 21

The first Footholds dance concert of the season features a variety of dance styles and the choreography of MFA dance candidate Marissa Glorioso.

Tickets Prices:
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Little Shop of Horrors

November 30, December 1, 2, 3 at 8:00pm
December 4 at 2:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, December 2

Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Jennifer Linstad

An unsuccessful floral shop assistant named Seymour finds that all of his dreams come true when he indulges in the carnivorous desires of a strange and unusual plant. First a popular Roger Corman film, Little Shop went on to become the highest-grossing and third longest running musical in Off-Broadway history.

Ticket Prices:
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Star Bulletin Review (11/25/05)
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The Ravanayana

March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00pm
March 5 at 2:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, March 10

World Premiere
By M A Richard
Directed by M A Richard

The myth of Rama as a Bollywood film noir. Told from the point of view of Ravana, Rama’s nemesis, the archetypal story is expressed through a mix of stylization and musical fusion. But a 1940s nightclub atmosphere cannot dispel a feeling of doom...

Ticket Prices:
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Spring Footholds

May 3, 4, 5, 6 at 8:00pm
May 7 at 2:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, May 5

The Spring Footholds concert showcases the latest choreography and performance by UHM undergraduate and graduate dance students.

Ticket Prices:
$10 Regular
$ 9 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM ID

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Late Night in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

No Exit

November 12, 18, 19 at 11:00pm
November 13 at 8:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, November 18

By Jean-Paul Sartre
Directed by Kris Fitzgerald

Originally written in 1943, Hell is turned upside down when Sartre’s powerful existentialist drama is reset into our turbulent times. Characters include a closeted gay man, a lesbian and a murderess as they struggle to understand their "Christian" assigned purgatory.

Ticket Prices:
$ 8 Regular
$ 7 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students
$ 3 UHM Students with validated UHM ID
Tickets on sale at the entrance to the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre one hour before curtain

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Hamletism

March 18, 24, 25 at 11:00pm
March 19 at 8:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, March 24

Directed and conceived by Chong Wang

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Honolulu Advertiser Review

A Letter to My Mother at the End of the World

April 22, 28, 29 at 11:00pm
April 23 at 8:00pm
Post-Show Rap on Friday, April 28

Written by Kemuel DeMoville
Directed by Kate Nipko

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