Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents, as part of its Dark Night Series, PlayBuilders of Hawai'i Theater Company's The PlayFestival 2018 

Kumu Kahua Theatre presents, as part of its Dark Night Series, PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company’s The PlayFestival 2018 on April 15-17. The festival features rehearsed readings of new, never before performed, full length and one-act plays with a free “Meet the Playwrights” ice cream social during intermission.

The 8 plays featured in the festival this year were selected from dozens of entries submitted to PlayBuilders’ annual playwriting contest which ran from October 2017 to February 2018.  A panel of professional theatre makers will adjudicate the plays to select the “Festival Best.” Audiences will also actively participate in the festival by selecting “Audience Favorite.”  "Winners" will be announced the week following the festival.

The PlayFestival has become an annual tradition and an incredible opportunity for local playwrights who wish to have their works seen and possibly produced.  Several Oahu theatre companies have chosen PlayFestival plays as part of their regular seasons.   Nancy Moss’ Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up, Marion Lyman-Mersereau’s Eddie Wen Go: The Story of the Upside Down Canoe,and Jan Shiarella McGrath’s Outage, were produced at Kumu Kahua Theatre, The Hawai’i Theatre, and The Actors Group respectively. PlayBuilders also uses this event as a means of finding and commissioning outstanding playwrights to write our community-based plays. Both Kirsten Trombetta, who wrote “The Waipahu Project” and Mark Tjarks, who wrote “Houseless in Paradise” are former PlayFestival participants.”

This year’s festival line-up is as follows:

Sunday, April 15 (5 - 8:00)Soul Survivor by Daniel A. Kelin, II, Directed by: Daniel A. Kelin, II andUniversal Monsters by Robert St. John, directed by Robert St. John.

Monday, April 16 (6:30 - 9:00)Children of Isfahan by Maseeh Ganjali, directed by Sujatha Raman,Hip Hop Retelling of Opukahaʻia by Marion Lyman Mersereau, directed by Jonathan Sypert, andStonewall Stories by Carol Polcovar, directed by Miles Philips.

Tuesday, April 17 (6-9:00)Pathways by Neal Milner, directed by Sammie Choy, Small Town Lawyer by Anthony Pignataro, directed by William Ha’o, and The New Client by Paul J. Donnelly, directed by Ron Heller.

Tickets are $12 and includes a free “Meet the Playwrights Ice Cream Social” during intermission. Tickets may be purchased at the door 45 minutes before the doors opened or purchased in advance by going to

For additional information please contact Terri Madden at, or call her at 218-0103.

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