Feature in The Dramatist's Special Community Issue

This is a copy of the article Terri Madden wrote upon request from "The Dramatist" for their Special Community issue. She was one of 6 playwrights asked the question, "As a Writer, What is the Most Unexpected Sense of Community You've Experienced?" And this was her answer. (The Dramatist is, first and foremost, a member service of the Dramatists Guild of America. It is also the only national publication devoted to the business and craft of writing for theatre.)

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The Women's Voices Theater Festival

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.

The White Rabbit Lost in Chinatown

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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 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 www.oahufringe.com 

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 www.playbuilders.org

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.

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.

Tickets: playbuilders.org

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.
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/3631653

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.

Tickets: manoavalleytheatre.com/shows-tickets-3/

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