Gathering and sharing real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.
From auditions to opening night, a typical community theatre production, featuring a proven Broadway or Off-Broadway play, takes about 2 months to prepare for opening night. For PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company, our original community collaborative plays take up to 3 years to develop. There will be times when it may appear to the general public that we are pretty quiet, but nothing could be further from the truth. When we are quiet, it means we are busier than ever!
Currently we are working on two community based projects. For the first, we are collaborating with (among others), Queen Liliʻuokalani Childrenʻs Center, Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi, and Partners in Development on a play with the working title of "Fostering Ohana." This play, by, with, and for foster care youth (ages 11 to 18) will be produced just in time for "National Foster Care Awareness Month" in May of 2017.
For the second play, award winning "Houseless in Paradise" playwright Mark Tjarks is leading his team of equally esteemed playwrights (all over the age of 60) to write a play based on interviews and story circles with our island Kupuna and it will be ready for production by late 2017 or 2018. Please check back here from time to time for updates and we'll see you soon.