Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents, as Part of its Dark Night Series, The PlayFestival 2017 (An Annual Event Organized by PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company)

HONOLULU, HI--Kumu Kahua Theatre presents, as part of its Dark Night Series, The PlayFestival 2017, an annual event organized by PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theater Company.  

Formerly known as the Festival of Original Plays, PlayBuilders first launched the festival in 2011, as a way to meet their mission of “gathering and sharing real stories that resonate, empower and connect” the people of Hawai’i.

“The PlayFestival serves as an outlet for new plays and playwrights, and participants have enjoyed many successes as a result.” Festival chair, Rachel Heller, explains, “An open call for original plays by local playwrights went out last fall and only the best plays were selected. The PlayFestival has developed into an incredible opportunity for local playwrights who wish to have their works seen and possibly produced.”

PlayBuilders has commissioned past festival participants, to write full-length, community-engaged plays to further serve their mission. Recently, former festival participant and PlayBuilders’ Founder and Managing Director, Terri Madden, was commissioned to write “Dragonfly, The Story of a Young Local Girl’s Journey Through Foster Care” in collaboration with The Foster Care Training Committee. The play is currently in rehearsal and will tour the island of Oahu this spring, in an effort to help educate the public and recruit more high quality foster and adoptive homes. (At any given time, state wide, about 1000 foster children are living in often over crowded emergency shelters.)

Other theatre companies have chosen several PlayFestival plays as part of their regular seasons as well.  Such examples include 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, which were produced at Kumu Kahua Theatre, The Hawai’i Theatre, and TAG respectively.

The PlayFestival 2017 will be held at Kumu Kahua Theatre on April 2nd, and 3rd.  The festival will consist of rehearsed readings of original, one-act plays by local playwrights, in two divisions, youth and adults. Plays from the Youth Division will be presented on Sunday afternoon, April 2nd: 4:30- 6:30.  Plays from the Adult division will be presented on Monday, April 3rd from 6pm-9pm. Awards in each category will be announced at the festival’s closing.  Each festival night will include a special “Meet the Playwrights” ice cream social during intermission.

The following plays and playwrights have been selected from a record number of submissions this year and will be presented on dates indicated:

April 2: 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Youth)
“The Order of the Purple Swallow” by Daisy Sprenger, directed by Violet Schwarzsmith
“Anarchy in the Milky Way: by Hayley Dietrich, directed by Daisy Sprenger
“Death Wears a Hoodie by Noah Goebert, directed by Clay McDermott
Intermission
“Fun Family Dinner by Sunny Lee, directed by Justus Wahl
“My Conscience Hates Commies” by Daisy Sprenger, directed by Hayley Dietrich
“Stress” by Justus Wahl, directed by Robert St. John
“Loss Found” by Clay McDermott, directed by Ian Chong

April 3: 6:00-9:00 pm (Adult)
“Da Truth of Da Fruit” by Lyana Atsumi, directed by Karen Loebl Kaulana
“Patient” by Tali Ariav, directed by Nicole Tessier
“DaʻAina” by Vanessa Lee Miller, directed by Taurie Kinoshita
Intermission
“Da Kine Hawaiian Soap Opera” by Sean-Joseph Choo , directed by Jasmine Fernandez,
“Saving Mofo” by Robert St. James, directed by Walt Gaines

Location: Kumu Kahua Theatre
46 Merchant Street, Honolulu
Tickets: $10 per evening.
Free Ice Cream Social during intermission!

Advance tickets available online only at playbuilders.org. At door ticket sales begin 45 minutes prior to each performance.

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Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Dark Night Series was created to offer other theatre groups, playwrights, and performance artists the opportunity to present their work to the community. The PlayFestival 2017 is being presented during dark nights, evenings when Kumu Kahua’s regular season shows are not being performed.  To be part of the Dark Night Series artists must submit a proposal, which is reviewed by the Board of Directors of Kumu Kahua.  From these proposals, projects are chosen that Kumu Kahua feels will promote the development of the theatrical arts and benefit local artists.  Kumu Kahua sees this as another way to enhance and enrich the cultural diversity and artistic climate of Honolulu.

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company gathers and shares real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.

TICKETS:  $10.00

To purchase advanced tickets, please go to www.playbuilders.org
Tickets may also be purchased at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
For additional information please contact Rachel Funk Heller at rachelfunkheller@gmail.com

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PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company Auditions for “Fostering Ohana”

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company Auditions for “Fostering Ohana”

Chinatown, Hawaii- The ARTS at Marks Garage, Sundays, January 22, and January 29th, 6:00-9:00 PM. 

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is holding auditions for Fostering Ohana written by Terri Madden in collaboration with Hawaii's Foster Care Community, with music by Apu Turano and Layla Kilolu (rap lyrics by Michelle Martin) at the ARTS at Marks Garage, January 22 and 29th from 6 to 9 pm. Please come prepared to move, and to sing a song you are comfortable with. You will be singing a cappella, so do not bring sheet music. Directed by William Haʻo,Fostering Ohana is about a young girl named Tara who is removed from her biological mother at the age of 4, and spends much of her childhood running from place to place, searching for family, only to find that, in the end, only she holds the key to forgiveness which ultimately allows her to form a stable family of her own. The play is based on stories shared by the foster care community during story circles and individual interviews conducted by Madden with the PlayBuilders Ensemble from January to December of 2016.  PlayBuilders appreciates the help and assistance we have received from Alan Castillo of Hui Hoʻomalu, Partners in Development, Vernon Viernes of Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center, Judith Wilhoite of Family Programs Hawaiʻi, and Ria Kremenar of Catholic Charities Hawaii, who are also members of the Foster Care Training Committee. Other helpful community partners for this project include The Department of Human Services, Epic Ohana, Hale Kipa, Epic Foundation, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, and The ARTS at Marks Garage. This project would not be possible without The Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, and The Hawaii People’s Fund. Chinatown Soup also provided additional funding, and individual donations provided by private donors and members of PlayBuilders’ Board of Directors. 

Director, William Haʻo, has been a professional actor for over twenty five years. Based in New York City, he has performed for many of NYCs’ theater companies and has toured in almost every state of the Union, with performances also in Vancouver, Canada, and Athens, Greece. His work includes various voiceovers for documentaries. He narrated the award-winning documentary On the Move: The Central Ballet of China. Since returning home he has performed with Loʻi Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and the Oral History Department at UHM. For Hawaii Mission Houses (HMH), Will has directed Twelf Nite O' WatevaThe TempestTwo Gentlemen Of Verona for their outdoor summer shows. He also directs their popular Cemetery Pupu Theater series. He also performed at The Hawaii Theater in Eddie Wen Go, The Story of the Upside Down Canoe by Marion Lyman-Mersereau.

Community Collaborative playwright, Terri Madden, holds an MFA in Theatre (Playwriting focus) from UH, and has lived (on and off ) in Honolulu since 1973, when her Army officer father was transferred here.   Plays she has written include Clinchco, The Day After Payday (2008 and 2010, Resident Playwright, Ralph Stanly Traditional Mountain Music Center, Clintwood VA), Appalachia, Hawaii (Earl Ernst Theatre, University of Hawai), and the following PlayBuilders’ productions: Wahiawa, Remembah Wen (2011), Yes, I Am, Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community, devised with Ronald Gilliam and Kahana Ho (2012), and Yes, I am Leeward Edition,devised with Ronald Gilliam and Kahana Ho ((2013 ).  For PlayBuilders, Terri also produced Someone Else’s Slippahs, Chinatown (2011),Houseless in Paradise (2013-2014), and The Waipahu Project (2015). A 45-year theatre veteran, Terri is a recipient of Lisa Toshigawa Inouye Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and is a multiple Po’okela Award winning actress for performances in both straight plays and musicals. For the 2013-2014 season, Terri was acknowledged by the Hawaii State Theatre Council with a Po’okela Award for directing “Houseless in Paradise” which was also selected as “Overall Play.”

Performances of “Fostering Ohana” will begin in April at The ARTS at Marks Garage, Hawaii Pacific University, and other locations, as the play will tour Oahu and the outer islands. The preliminary schedule will be shared at auditions. Both experienced actors and people who have never performed before are welcome to audition. We are especially interested in people from the Foster Care community who would like to participate in the play.

PlayBuilders’ mission is, “to gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawaiʻi.” PlayBuilders prides itself for being a multi-ethnic ensemble of experienced theatre makers who help Hawaii's communities explore their identity, history, peoples and cultures through theater. As Founder and Executive Director, Terri Madden notes: “Our original works are based on shared stories, and feature community members performing alongside our experienced actors. PlayBuilders' productions are presented in places meaningful to community members and the public is invited to attend, thus providing connections of understanding and friendship between all of Hawaii's people.

Submission Window Now Open for “The PlayFestival 2017”

The PlayFestival 2017's annual play submission window is now open and we are calling for original, 10-Minute plays, one acts- (30 minutes or less), or portions of full length plays, no longer than 30 minutes from adult playwrights and 15 minutes or less from youth (6th through 12th grades).  All submissions must be emailed to playsubmissions@playbuilders.org by December 15, 2016. Hard copies will not be accepted, Plays will be judged and selected by a play reading committee. Playwrights shall be notified of selection by January 24th, 2017. This years “The PlayFestival” will be held at Kumu Kahua Theatre on April 2nd,3rd, and 4th, as part of their dark night series.

This is PlayBuilders' 6th annual play festival, and several participants in the past, including Mark Tjarks (Houseless in Paradise) and Kirstin Trombetta (The Waipahu Project), have been commissioned by PlayBuilders to write our community-collaborative plays. In addition, other theatre companies have selected plays featured in our festival to part as part of their seasons, including, Jan McGrath’s Outage and Nancy P. Moss’ Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up, which was produced by TAG and Kumu Kahua Theatre in 2013.

Kumu Kahua Theatre's Dark Night Series was created to offer other theatre groups, playwrights, and performance artists the opportunity to present their work to the community. The PlayFestival 2016 is being presented during dark nights, evenings when Kumu Kahua’s regular season shows are not being performed.  To be part of the Dark Night Series artists must submit a proposal, which is reviewed by the Board of Directors of Kumu Kahua.  From these proposals, projects are chosen that Kumu Kahua feels will promote the development of the theatrical arts and benefit local artists.  Kumu Kahua sees this as another way to enhance and enrich the cultural diversity and artistic climate of Honolulu.

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theatre Company gathers and shares real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.

For more information regarding The Playwrights’ Club, please contact Rachel Funk Heller at rachelle.heller@playbuilders.org


PlayBuilders’ The PlayFestival 2017 Submission Guidelines

A panel of adjudicators comprised of professional theatre makers will judge the plays based on quality of plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, and originality.

This year, we are bringing back our popular youth night for students, grades 6-12. And in our adult category we are accepting ten-minute plays, one-act plays and portions of full-length plays. Plays can be written on any subject matter or theme.

For those interested in seeking a place to workshop and gain feedback on their work before submitting it, PlayBuilders now offers the Playwrights’ Club. Meetings are held once a month and is open to playwrights of all ages to gain feedback and advice on how to improve their writing.

All submissions must be emailed to playsubmissions@playbuilders.org by December15, 2016. Hard copies will not be accepted. Plays will be judged and selected by a play reading committee. Playwrights will be notified of selection by January 25, 2017.

Playwright Divisions

  •  Adult -Ten-Minute plays, One Acts- (30 minutes or less) or a portion of a Full-Length play that runs no longer than 30 minutes
  • Youth -6th through 12th grades- (15 minutes or less)
  • For the youth divisions, plays may be submitted by teachers or by students with written permission from their parents. Classroom/ after school program submissions will also be considered.

Adjudication

  • Professional theatre makers will judge the plays based on plot, dialogue, characterization, structure, and originality. There will also be a special “Audience Appreciation Award."
  • The PlayFestival 2017 will be held at Kumu Kahua Theatre as part of their Dark Night Series on April 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

PlayBuilders of Hawaii Theater Company gathers and shares real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawai'i.

For more information regarding The Playwrights’ Club, please contact Rachel Funk Heller at rachelle.heller@playbuilders.org

 

“Fostering Ohana” A Play for Hawaii’s Children in Need

“Fostering Ohana”  A Play for Hawaii’s Children in Need

“Fostering Ohana” is the first time we have actually been approached by a community, asking us to collaborate with them on the development of a play, rather than the other way around. Vernon Viernes of Queen Lili’oukalani Children’s Center and Alan Costello of Partners in Development Foundation, approached me with the idea while we were working on “The Waipahu Project.” They were both involved as members of the Waipahu Community Coalition and were very happy with how that play came together. They saw the value right away. These two gentlemen encouraged the Foster Care Training Committee to participate and as a result many other organizations have partnered with us.

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“Houseless in Paradise” and “The Unsalable Thing” at the 2016 New York City Fringe Festival!

“Houseless in Paradise” and “The Unsalable Thing”  at the 2016 New York City Fringe Festival!

PlayBuilders' resident playwright, Mark Tjarks, has taken "Houseless in Paradise" and "The Unsaleable Thing" to the NYC Fringe Festival! We are so proud of Mark and the fact he is taking these plays beyond Hawai'iʻs shores.

“Houseless in Paradise” received Poʻokela Award recognition from the Hawai'i State Theatre Council in 2014, and “The Unsalable Thing” won “Best Play” Award at our annual “The PlayFestival” in 2015. We also presented rehearsed readings of both plays for Hawai'i Pacific University School of Social Workʻs Homeless Awareness Week in 2015 at the ARTS at Marks Garage and Fort Street Mall. We wish Mark, and his entire team the very best as they continue to bring the stories of Hawai'iʻs homeless to life.

If you are in NYC, and are friend of PlayBuilders, please go and see this beautiful presentation. For more information and to obtain tickets, please go to: https://tjarksplays.wordpress.com/about/

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