The Maiden Benten and the Bandits of the White Waves

April 27, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Mānoa Campus, 1770 East-West Rd

(Benten Musume Meo no Shiranami)

Kabuki – Celebrating 100 years of Kabuki in English at UHM!

Written by Kawatake Mokuami

Translator, Adaptor, and Project Director: Julie A. Iezzi

Artistic Advisor: Ichikawa Monnosuke VIII

April 19-20 & 26-28, 2024 – FRI/SAT 7:30pm & SUN 2:00pm

Pre-Show Chats: 6:45pm before Saturday 4/20 & 4:27 performances

This popular kabuki play, commonly known as Benten Kozō, features five distinctive thieves with a mastery of masquerade, and a command of language from the gutter to the poetically sublime. Together with a full array of colorful kabuki characters, their schemes and back stories lead to shocking revelations, surprising reunions, startling twists and ultimately result in the realization that one cannot escape karma—though in meeting it, one need not abandon spectacle or beauty.

This production celebrates the long tradition of kabuki in Hawaiʻi, and marks the 100th anniversary of English-language kabuki productions at the University of Hawaiʻi as well as Kennedy Theatreʻs 60th birthday. Benten Kozō, presented in the 1963-64 inaugural season, is also a magnificent showcase for the hanamichi, an acting pathway through the audience which fosters an intimacy between actors and audience members. To this day, Kennedy Theatre remains the only theatre in the United States designed with a hanamichi. As in the previous 100 years, we are fortunate and grateful to bring community artists, guest artists from Japan, and UHM faculty, staff and students together to collaborate and ensure that regional “Hawaiʻi kabuki” thrives for the next 100 years.

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Event Sponsor
UHM Department of Theatre & Dance, Mānoa Campus

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