To gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.

 

 
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PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company
 #MeToo Survivors Circle

Venue: The ARTS at Marks Garage, Dates: Nov 9-11, Nov 16-18

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company presents #MeToo Survivors Circle. This is a continuation of the conversation that began last spring when we collaborated with Hawaii Pacific University on The #MeToo Monologues. Proceeds support PlayBuilders' Love Without Violence Project which we are creating with and for survivors of domestic abuse in collaboration with the Domestic Violence Action Center.  All six performances are being held at the ARTS at Marks Garage where we are proudly supporting their "Month of Empowerment." Many stories were collected by Maisa Thayer under special arrangement with Hawaii Pacific University. Directed by Terri Madden with assistant directors Reiko Ho, Sujatha Raman, and William Ha'o.  Featuring  Becky McGarvey, Chris Emory, Deanna Espinas, Dezmond Gilla, Destiny Sharion, Erin Healy, Mala Sylvester, Maisa Thayer, Marizel Butin, Norma Combs, Rache’ Sapla, and Sasha Georgiade.

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Nanakuli Performing Arts Center 
Dragonfly: A Young Local Girl's Journey Through Foster Care

Venue: Nanakuli High School Cafe and Auditorium, , Dates: Nov 9-11, Nov 16-18
Nanakuli Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with PlayBuilders Theatre Company, is proud to present Dragonfly: A Young Local Girl's Journey Through Foster Care. It tells the story of former foster youths’ experiences in the system and their struggles  with family, life, love, and forgiveness. Dragonfly is a community engaged, original musical play based on story circles and interviews conducted by Terri Madden with Oahu's former foster youth, therapists and social workers in 2016.  Songs written by  Layla Kilolu , Apu Turano and Ruth Shiroma Foster.  Supported by the Mele Program at Honolulu Community College, with musical tracks directed by Ruth Shiroma Foster, featuring professional music artists like Leeward Community Collage music professors John Signore, and Shane Whitener with their students Kyle Perfect, Deither Cauton, and Honybal Sosa. Recording artists Starr Kalahahiki, Alexis Michelle Bugarin, and the Reverend Ryan Souza let their voices to support the Nanakuli Performing Arts Center students.


PlayBuilders is currently working with drama teacher, Robin Kitsu and his students at Nanakuli Intermediate and High School, supporting them in their efforts to put on their own version of Dragonfly, which will be presented this November.



From auditions to opening night, a typical theatre production takes about two months to prepare for launch. The original community collaborative plays that PlayBuilders of Hawai'i helps create take more than three years to develop.

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One of our upcoming projects is in collaboration with the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center, Catholic Charities Hawai'i, and Partners in Development on the working title production, "Fostering Ohana," with former foster care youth ages 18 to 26 and produced in time for "National Foster Care Awareness Month" in May 2017.

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