For our third original production, PlayBuilders developed a new theatrical performance about identity and love based on interviews and stories complied by the Honolulu LGBT community. Just in time for the Gay Pride Parade and the Rainbow Film Festival, this imaginative and artistic piece includes a mixture of dialogue, music, dance and multimedia. The performance is a celebration of the importance of diversity and inclusion and performed during one of the most pivotal months in gay rights history. We invite you to join us in celebration of hardship, love, laughter, identity, and acceptance through the amazing stories from this often marginalized community.
Friday, May 31 at 8pm
Saturday, June 1 at 8pm
Sunday, June 2 at 3pm
Friday, June 7 at 8pm
Saturday, June 8 at 8pm
Sunday, June 9 at 3pm
Fresh Café, 831 Queen Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Tickets are a suggested donation of $20 but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. For those who can afford to donate the price of a theatre ticket, your $20 helps us to continue our work, creating excellent original community-collaborative plays by, with, and for Hawaii’s people. If you can afford it, please consider donating an additional $20 to cover the cost of someone else who is seeing the show for free. For donations of $40 and above, PlayBuilders can provide you with a letter for your tax records, acknowledging your donation. Mahalo in advance for your generosity.
Purchasing tickets online guarantees seating, otherwise it is first come- first served at the door. Doors do not open until 30 minutes before show time. We anticipate a large amount of advanced ticket sales for this event and suggest to all patrons they purchase in advance to avoid being turned away at the door.
Back row from left to right: Bettina Adragna, Kahana Ho, Cindy Ramirez, & Jarod Kamamo Bailon
Front row: Robyn Ocepek
Script structured by Terri Madden and Edited by Wendy Miles
Interview with Director, Ronald Gilliam, on Hawaiʻi Public Radio
Ronald joined the hosts of HPR’s The Conversation on 5/23 to discuss the original script. HPR2 Link.
Featured story about interview gathering on Hawaiʻi Public Radio
Kahana Ho speaks with Noe Tanigawa at HPR about her experience participating in this original production.
Interview with Director, Ronald Gilliam, on Hitting the Stage
The stories in the play are so compelling that they resonate with anyone who has struggled for love and acceptance, not only for others but more importantly for ourselves…
Ronald Gilliam, Director
Ronald Gilliam is currently a doctoral candidate in theatre at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He developed the so-called theatre bug while growing up in the heart of the Appalachian mountains where, from an early age, he had ample exposure to Appalachian arts from Bluegrass to clogging. His love and appreciation of cultural performances eventually progressed into a passion for producing and directing contemporary dramas. In 2004 he co-founded NoExit Performance, an experimental, community-focused theatre company in Indianapolis. Since then he staged 8 full-length productions and numerous devised performances that were produced nationally and internationally on both local and collegiate stages from New York to Hong Kong. Ronald arrived to the Hawaiian islands in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the local theatre scene. His most recent production, “Borderline” was performed at the Ong King Arts Center as part of the International Brecht Conference cultural program in 2010. He also directed the Hawaiʻi premiere of Gao Xingjian’s “Nocturnal Wonderer” to sold-out houses at UH-Mānoa. In addition to directing, he actively volunteers for the Oʻahu Fringe Festival. Ronald is excited to join Play Builders as the director of this production and looks forward to creating an original theatrical experience with/for the Oʻahu LGBTQI community!
More information about Ronald can be found on his online portfolio at ronaldgilliam.com