Kennedy Theatre 2009-2010 Performances




On the Mainstage

When the Cassowary Pooped!

When The Cassowary Pooped!

October 2,3 at 7:30pm
October 4 at 1:30pm and 4:00pm

Adapted and directed by Tamara Montgomery
Based on the children's book When the Cassowary Pooped by Tamara Montgomery, with illustrations by Joseph D. Dodd

Help find the giant, endangered Cassowary bird as he hides from audience and players in this delightful environmental tale. Puppets and magical effects combine with coconut "robber" crabs, birds of paradise and hip hop tree kangaroos to tell the humorous tale of how the Cassowary's "poop" helps create the New Guinea rainforest. For children ages 4-8 and young at heart adults.

Ticket Prices:
$15 Regular; $14 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $12 Students, Children; $5 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning Sept 28.

Educational Materials for Teachers (PDF)
Press Release
Publicity Photos
Poster
Cassowary Coloring Pages
Information about the book and other activities
Honolulu Advertiser Review, 10/3/09
Ka Leo feature, 9/28/09
Program
Channel 2 News Feature

The Homecoming

The Homecoming

Nov 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8pm
Nov 22 at 2pm

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Glenn Cannon

A 70-year-old father lives in a seedy house in London with his brother and two adult sons. Into this volatile household enters the eldest son and his attractive young wife. Sexuality and a struggle for power, laced with moments of outrageous comedy, drive this play. Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter is regarded as one of Great Britain's finest playwrights, and The Homecoming is generally accepted as one of his best plays.

Ticket Prices:
$20 Regular; $18 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $12 Students; $5 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning Nov 9.

Official Harold Pinter website
Press Release
Publicity Photos
Poster
Honolulu Star Bulletin preview, Nov. 13, 2009
Program
Production Photos
Honolulu Advertiser Review, Nov 20, 2009
Honolulu Star Bulletin Review, Nov. 19, 2009
Ka Leo Feature, Nov. 12, 2009

The White Snake

The White Snake

Feb 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 at 8pm
Feb 7 and 14 at 2pm

Jingju (Beijing opera) in its English-language world premiere

Script by China’s National Actors of the First Rank Mr. Lu Genzhang and Ms. Zhang Ling
Score by National Musician of the Second Rank Mr. Zhang Xigui
Artistic supervision by China’s National Actor of the First Rank Madam Shen Xiaomei
Translation by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak and Hui-mei Chang
Produced and directed by Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak
Musical direction by Frederick Lau
Orchestra conducted by Daniel Tschudi

The White Snake (Bai She Zhuan) relates the famous legend of a snake spirit who descends to earth as a beautiful woman, marries a handsome young man, and then must fight to restore his life and save their marriage in the face of supernatural attacks from a powerful monk who believes that she is an evil demon. This production features exciting acting and combat, thrilling song and music, including flute-accompanied song directly derived from the classical Kunqu, proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.

Ticket Prices:
$18 Advance Super Saver; $22 Regular; $20 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $15 Students; $5 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning Feb 1.

Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

The Jingju training program and production of “The White Snake” are made possible with support from the: Office of the Chancellor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; University Research Council Special Funding for Scholarly and Creative Works; Dr. Shuang Troy; the Center for Chinese Studies and its Confucius Institute, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, UHM; University of Hawai’i Foundation Chinese Theatre Endowment Fund; and the College of Arts and Humanities, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. This program is also supported by funding through the State Foundation On Culture and the Arts, and through appropriations from the Hawaii State Legislature (and by the National Endowment for the Arts).

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Production Photos
Poster
Program
Release on the Commons Art Gallery Exhibition: The Art and Life of Mei Lanfang
Malamalama article, Jan 2010
Educational Guide to Jingju
Director Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak tells the story of "The White Snake"
News clip from Hawaii News Now on Thursday, Feb 4, 2010
Click here to see a few photos from the final dress rehearsal of The White Snake
Click here to see promotional video for The White Snake
Star Bulletin Feature (2/5/10)
Star Bulletin Review (2/10/10)
Honolulu Advertiser Review (2/10/10)
Star Bulletin On The Scene (2/12/10)

Dancing Green Annual Dance Concert

Dancing Green Annual Dance Concert

March 11, 12, 13 at 8pm
March 14 at 2pm

Choreography by UH Faculty and Guest Artists
Performance by UHM Students

Dancing Green takes sustainability to the stage with dances created on environmental themes. Thrift and elegance can indeed go hand in hand! Partnering with a variety of community and campus organizations, Dancing Green offers a fun and enriching dance theatre experience with a clean conscience.

Ticket Prices:
$20 Regular; $18 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $12 Students; $5 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning March 8.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Production Photos
Program
Poster 1
Poster 2
Poster 3
Honolulu Advertiser Review 3/12/10

The Judith of Shimoda

The Judith of Shimoda

April 30, May 1 at 7:30pm, May 2 at 2:00pm
May 21 and 22 at 7:30pm, May 23 at 2:00pm

The World Premiere of the English language version By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Markus Wessendorf
Directed by Paul Mitri

This rediscovered and restored play draws on historical events that occurred after Commodore Perry opened Japan to the West in 1854. To appease the American consul who threatens to bomb the city if the Japanese refuse to negotiate a trade agreement, Japanese authorities ask Okichi, a geisha, to serve him. Brecht focuses on what happens to Okichi after she agrees to sacrifice herself for the sake of her country. Although Okichi becomes a heroine of Japanese patriotism, her real life is ruined: her marriage breaks up, she is called a “foreign whore,” and she dies impoverished and an alcoholic.

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Mahagonny Songspiel

Libretto by Bertolt Brecht; Music by Kurt Weill
Directed by Henry Akina

In a special prelude to The Judith of Shimoda, the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of Hawaii Opera Theatre will perform “the little Mahagonny.” Though just a glimpse of the full-length opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, boxing, eating, and sex are the cornerstones of this anti-utopia. Brecht’s characters are wanderers who found the city and prey upon those who come after them.

Ticket Prices:
$20 Regular; $18 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $12 Students; $5 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning April 26.

Mahagonny Songspiel and The Judith of Shimoda are presented in this double bill in conjunction with the 13th Symposium of the International Brecht Society on 'Brecht in/and Asia' at UHM May 19-23.For more information on the Brecht Conference and other Brecht events in Honolulu visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/brecht2010/

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Production Photos (Brown)
Production Photos (Cannon)
Brecht Symposium Press Release
Poster
Program
KHPR Public Radio interview with Henry Akina, Markus Wessendorf and Paul T. Mitri
Honolulu Advertiser Review (5/5/10)
Star Bulletin Review (5/21/10)

Special Events

The Sound of Ecstasy and Nectar of Enlightenment

Oct 8 at 7:30pm

Buddhist Ritual Song and Dance from Korea: a performance by the Young San Preservation Group of Korea
Sponsored by UHM Outreach College and the Korea Society

Harmonies as resonant and meditative as the religious devotion they represent will fill Kennedy Theatre as the Korean Buddhist monks of the Young San Preservation Group perform pömp'ae or "sacred chanting." The Group's singing will be accompanied by traditional Korean drums, cymbals and gongs as well as ritualized dance pieces known as chakpop.
Click here for more information

Advance Ticket Prices:
$27 Regular; $22 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students; $17 UHM Students with ID.
Ticket Prices at the Door:
$30 Regular; $25 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students; $20 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning Oct 5

Behind the Scenes: A Look at the 2009-2010 Season

Flyer
Press Release

A Concert of Chinese Theatre Song - Jingju (Beijing Opera) and Kunqu

One Night Only!
February 8 at 8pm

Update: This even has been CANCELLED!

This concert of Jingju and Kunqu classics is cosponsored by the Chinese Opera Association of Hawaii and the Hawaii Rainbow Kunqu Society. A highlight will be special performances by master Jingju artists Lu Genzhang, Zhang Ling, and Zhang Xigui of the Jiangsu Province Jingju Company, who will be in residence training students for The White Snake. Joining them will be members of the two Hawai`i groups who have been studying the art of Jingju and Kunqu singing. This will be the first public performance of Kunqu song in Hawai`i in over 20 years.

From the Horse's Mouth Hawai`i

March 19 & 20 at 8pm

A live dance/theater concert in which twenty leading dance professionals from Hawai‘i collaborate, each telling a story from their life, performing their own dance sequence, and interacting with the other participating artists. New York-based choreographers Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham will work with the Hawai‘i dance experts to create this once-in-a-lifetime show. Presented in collaboration with Tim Bostock Productions.

Ticket Prices:
$22 Advance Super Saver; $30 Regular, $25 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $20 students; $15 UHM Students with ID. (All service fees included in ticket prices.)
Tickets are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning March 8.

Kabu Ni Vanua: Dance and Music from Fiji

Saturday, April 3, 8:00 p.m.

Co-presented by the UHM Kennedy Theatre and the East-West Center

This award-winning dance company of 20 performers presents a spectacular show that will be one of the flagship events of the East-West Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations. This performance will include the men’s spear dance, men’s and women’s fan dances, men’s and women’s hand dances, and impressive multi-part singing.


Ticket Prices:
$20 regular; $18 seniors, military, UH and EWC faculty/staff; $12 students; $5 UHM students and East West Center students with ID
Tickets available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Feb 1; Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre beginning March 29.

Press Release

The Red Rockets: Mor is Mor

Press Release

International Brecht Society Conference

Brecht in/and Asia

Prime Time in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Fall Footholds

Oct 21, 22, 23, 24 at 8pm
Oct 25 at 2pm

The latest work from MFA and BFA dance students as well as new student choreography.

Publicity Photos
Press Release
Program
Honolulu Advertiser Review, 10/22/09

Etta Jenks

Dec 2, 3, 4, 5 at 8pm
Dec 6 at 2pm

By Marlane Gomard Meyer
Directed by Rikki Jo Hickey

A theatrical montage of one woman whose journey to become a Hollywood star leads her into the world of porn movies. This play contains adult language and content.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Poster
Program
Honolulu Advertiser Review (12/4/09)
Ka Leo Feature (12/5/09)
Honolulu Star Bulletin (12/5/09)

Appalachia Hawaii

Feb 24, 25, 26, 27 at 8pm
Feb 28 at 2pm

By Terri Large Madden

A Caucasian military family with Appalachian roots living in Hawaii Kai has very little in common with a local family living in Pearl City during the early 1970s until they learn their sixteen-year-old daughter is “hapai” by the local family's son.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Star Bulletin Feature (2/19/10)
Program
Poster
Honolulu Advertiser Review (2/26/10)
Star Bulletin Review (2/27/10)
Ka Leo: Directors Cut-Inside Look

Spring Footholds

April 14, 15, 16, 17 at 8pm
April 18 at 2pm

The spring finale shows off the work of this year’s talented group of student dancers and choreographers.

Prime Time Ticket prices:
$15 Regular; $14 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff; $12 Students; $5 UHM Student with ID (All service fees included.)
Tickets for Prime Time are available online, at outlets, at 944-2697 beginning Sept. 14. Tickets available at Kennedy Theatre the week of performances.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Poster
Program
Honolulu Advertiser Review, 4/16/10

Late Night in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre

Nocturnal Wanderer

Sept 12, 18, 19 at 11pm
Sept 13 at 8pm

By Gao Xingjian
Translated by Gilbert Fong
Directed by Ronald Gilliam

Through his subconscious, Sleepwalker encounters various individuals that test both his faith and his desire to resist ungodly temptation. A modern day Everyman.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Poster
Program
Honolulu Star Bulletin Preview, 9/11/09
Honolulu Star Bulletin Review, 9/15/09
Honolulu Advertiser Review, 9/16/09

Exposed

Nov 14, 20, 21 at 11pm
Nov 15 at 8pm

This is a Play by David MacIvor, directed by Amy Healey
The Natalia Gallery, a dance project directed by Rebecca McGarvey

EXPOSED will give the audience insight into what makes two performance pieces tick: Dances inspired by the architectural photography of Natalia Ibarra-Blomgren, and the dialogue in Daniel MacIvor's This is a Play takes the saying "Do what I mean, not what I say" literally.

Press Release
Poster
Ka Leo Feature, Nov 9, 2009

I Have Space Issues (So Back Off My Starship)

Mar 6, 12, 13 at 11pm
Mar 7 at 8pm

By Wesley Johnson
Directed by Jenn Thomas

“Space Issues” is a science fiction musical comedy which subtly pokes fun at science fiction, musicals, and the various clashes prevalent in any multicultural society. Some of the influences are from the Office, Star Trek, Monty Python, Futurama, Red Dwarf, and the music is influenced by Broadway, progressive rock (particularly the band Gentle Giant), Ben Folds Five, and the more avant-garde composing styles of the 20th century. Rated PG for imagery of violent cheese and excessive pun use.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Poster
Honolulu Advertiser Review, 3/10/10

Madge's Shimmy Shack

May 1, 7, 8 at 11pm
May 2 at 8pm

Conceived and Directed by Morgan Lane-Tanner

Madge is celebrating her 50th anniversary at the burlesque club, when she realizes it’s time for a change of pace. This isn’t the 20’s anymore, and she is losing customers. With help from Rocky, her pink but tough poodle, Madge puts on a final show that no one will forget. “Madge’s Shimmy Shack” is a hilarious comedy, with music, dancing and partial puppet nudity. Therefore it is not recommended for children under the age of 13. “Madge’s Shimmy Shack” features puppet design by Morgan Lane-Tanner, Script by Morgan Lane-Tanner, Sara Skinner Probst and Jen Dickenson, and is directed by Morgan Lane-Tanner.

Ticket Prices for Late Night:
$10 Regular; $8 Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff, Students; $5 UHM Students with ID (All service fees included.)
Tickets for Late Night Theatre available only at the door beginning one hour before curtain.

Press Release
Publicity Photos
Star Bulletin Review (5/5/10)
Star Bulletin Feature (4/30/10)
Honolulu Advertiser Review (5/5/10)