The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown


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, 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 theChinatown Artist Lofts, Louis Pohl Gallery and Valia Honolulu.  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.  Performers include Michelle Martin, Azure Ng, Becky McGarvey, June Chee, and Rikita Turner. 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 

Director 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 worksfor PlayBuilders’ “Wahiawa: Remembah Wen” (2012), “Xenophobia: Face Your Fears” (2014), and “Dragonfly” (2017)

Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at

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, or at the ARTS at Marks Garage half an hour before showtime.

PlayBuilders Helps Develop Three Original Plays Being Produced this November on Oahu!

The Weekends of November 8th through November 25th are exceptionally important  for PlayBuilders. It is the first time in their 8 year history that they have played an important role in the development of 3 shows running at the same time.  They are very proud of this achievement and we hope that you will be able to see all 3.  

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.


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.

Manoa Valley Theatre's World Premiere Production of Shipment Day
by Hawaii-born playwright, Lorenzo DeStefano. 

Venue: Manoa Valley Theatre, Dates: Nov. 8- Nov. 2018

It is exceptionally meaningful to PlayBuilders that Manoa Valley Theatre is producing Shipment Day, which won "Best Play" at PlayBuilders' 2016 The PlayFestival. PlayBuilders has introduced almost 70 new plays to Honolulu audiences through our PlayFestival since it's inception 8 years ago.  Shipment Day is set in Honolulu between 1934 and 1937 and dramatizes the traumatic early life experiences of DeStefano’s Portuguese cousin, the well-known leprosy activist Olivia Robello Breitha.


Please make a point of supporting these original works, and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

"What are you, a director, an actor, or a producer?"


This past weekend, I had several people ask me, "What are you, a director, an actor, or a producer?" I guess they asked me that because I just finished producing the PlayFestival and went on to direct "#MeToo Monologues."

To me that is a little like asking a mother does she consider herself a cook, a maid, a teacher, or a nanny. She is all those things because she has to be. I do what is needed, but I consider myself primarily a community organizer who brings people from different sectors together with theater makers to explore our geographic communities or a given topic of concern to our communities.

The problem I have as a community organizer is the pool of talent available to me is not infinite. There are limits, especially here on Oahu where there are several theater companies who have actual physical theaters, and more to offer their actors and directors as far as a stage, costumes, and a proven script they can sink their teeth into and bring to life.

The people who work with me have to be made of an adventurous spirit combined with vision, faith and belief that we can create something from nothing. I have been called "Crazy" to my face or in writing more than once over the last 7 years.

Lately it has been easier. Mark Tjarks is busy writing a play for our island kupuna which will may be produced by Kumu Kahua one of these seasons. We recently commissioned Marion Lyman-Mersereau to write a community based play with and for missionary descendants, in collaboration with the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives. William Ha'o and Mark Branner are directing. Mark Branner's applied theater graduate students are actually writing an NEA grant for the play. Nanakuli High and intermediate school is producing "Dragonfly" in the fall with Robin KitsuRuth Shiroma Foster is about to finish producing the tracks for that production with the Mele Program at Honolulu Community College (who engineered it for free. Mahalo, John Vierra) I am now beginning to turn my sights to something else- domestic abuse survivors, because a community member has approached me, saying there is a need. I think I have a playwright for that one. Not sure.

I still love getting into the thick of things with doing actual writing, directing, or acting- but the important thing to me is that it is done- and it does not have to be done by me. I think I might want to direct the Domestic Abuse piece, or maybe serve as an actor. Maybe that is the word I am looking for. Serve.

I want to serve my community using what skills I have which just happen to be theater. Theater to me is a way for us to safely explore truth and to effect positive change in our communities. If you are interested in using your talent in this way, please private message me. We always have something going on and we can always use a helping hand.

Aloha Pūmehana,