Kennedy Theatre 2012-2013 Season Preview

On the Mainstage

The Giver

September 21-30

Based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry
Adapted for the stage by Eric Coble
Directed by Mark Branner, new UHM Professor of Theatre for Young Audiences

Lois Lowry’s classic book about a utopian world where there is no war or fear or pain is turned into a moving play by Eric Coble. The story’s themes about determining what kind of world we want to live in, transcends age. For ages 8 and above.

Uncle Vanya and Zombies

November 9-18

By Anton Chekhov and Markus Wessendorf
Directed by Markus Wessendorf, UHM Professor of Western Theatre

A nuclear accident has made Oahu a wasteland. Zombies are roaming the island. A reality TV show entitled “Masterpiece Theatre and Zombies” challenges contestants to “stay in character” while performing classic plays and battling zombies at the same time!

Taiko Drum and Dance

February 8-17

Drums and percussion, live sound and rhythm, multi-cultural influences, all converge in this exciting program. A few of the featured guest artists include Kenny Endo and the Taiko Drum ensemble, Hawaii-grown jazz musician Derrick Nakamoto, and Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine.

Thread Hell

April 12-21

By Kishida Rio
Directed by Colleen Lanki, guest director

The award-winning Thread Hell is playwright and director Kishida Rio's masterpiece of the Japanese avant-garde, or angura, movement. Poetic language and dark imagery weave a tale of female identity and give voice to the women in the textile mills, spinning thread and reinventing their personal histories in opposition to the strings that hold them in place.

Prime Time in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre


November 28 - December 2

By Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Tyler Nichols, MFA Directing Candidate

A man and his wife struggle to rebuild their marriage. One night at a service of the Holiness Way sect the man is bitten by a snake and dies. Three days later he reappears. The congregation is astonished. What is life? What is death? Who is saved? Who is forgiven?

La Strada

March 6-10

Based on the film by Federico Fellini
Directed by Ben Sota, MFA Directing Candidate

La Strada (The Road), set in 1940 Italy and translated from Federico Fellini’s film masterpiece, will be an English language debut. Using mask, physical theatre, pantomime, street theatre, circus skills, and inspired by this amazing film, the production is encapsulates feelings of life on the road and explores the range of human emotion.

Fall Footholds/Spring Footholds

October 10-14/April 24-28

Both of these dance programs will feature the thesis work of MFA and BFA dance candidates as well as new work by student choreographers and performers.

Late Night Theatre is also presented in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre but at a student-friendly late night hour. Works are bare-bones, experimental, often edgy and quirky. Watch for titles to be announced later!