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The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown
An interactive Theatre Adventure

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company Presents: The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown as a part of the Oahu Fringe Festival 2019.  2 hour-long performances will take place on Friday January 11 at 6pm and 7:30pm, starting at the Sun Yat Sen Park behind the historic Hawaii Theatre, featuring an all female cast.  Tickets are $10, available online via the Honolulu Box Office at www.oahufringe.com, or at the door.

The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown is an audience-interactive show that takes place at multiple venues and outdoor areas throughout Chinatown.  Some community partners confirmed are the Louis Pohl Gallery and Valia Hawaii. Dancers and actors play characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic “Alice in Wonderland, and will be stationed at different venues around Chinatown.  Audience members will interact with, follow, and watch the characters as they perform and guide them to the next location, beginning and ending at the Sun Yat Sen Park. Audience are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and be prepared to get a little messy.  The Oahu Fringe Festival will run Jan 10-13 at various venues around Chinatown, a completed schedule and more information about the shows are available at www.oahufringe.com.

Becky McGarvey  is a choreographer, actor, dancer, and singer based here in Honolulu.  She received a BFA from the University of Hawaii which included a semester at the Boston Conservatory.  She is a dancer with IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Divino Ritmo. She has choreographed work for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival (2016), and for past Oahu Fringe Festival with the shows “Coin Operated Boy and Other Tales” (2012) and “Framed: A Living Art Gallery” (2015) with Spatial Sculptors, Honolulu’s all improvised modern dance company.  She has choreographed works for PlayBuilders’ “Wahiawa: Remembah Wen” (2012), “Xenophobia: Face Your Fears” (2014), and “Dragonfly” (2017).

Please note: Tickets for PlayBuilders/Fringe Festival "White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown" must be purchased on-line because the city and county will not allow us to sell in the park.

Tickets are $10, and available online via the Honolulu Box Office at www.oahufringe.com, or at the ARTS at Marks Garage half an hour before showtime.


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The Women's Voices Theater Festival

Presented by EPOCH, Theatre Company, and PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company at The ARTS at Marks Garage

Monday, January 21st 
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  Reception
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm (with 20 minute intermission)

Dozens of writers and playwrights, who identify as women, have submitted short works for this important festival at the ARTS at Marks Garage on Monday, January 21st. This nation-wide festival consists of over 50 companies all over the United States each presenting a world premiere production of a work by one or more female playwrights. The festival is "the largest collaboration of theater companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history." The Coordinating Producers of the Women's Voices Theater Festival are Nan Barnett of the National New Play Network - (NNPN) and former NNPN General Manager Jojo Ruf. In Hawaiʻi, the theatre companies who have organized this event are EPOCH Theatre Company and PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company and headed by theatre makers Lanaly Cabalo, Jan McGrath, Carol Polcovar, Robert St John, Terri Madden, Sujatha Raman, and Wayland Quintero. 

Selected playwrights will be announced soon.


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.



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