PlayBuilders Starts New PlayWrights Club

In a continuing effort to support and encourage local playwrights to develop new works, and in celebration of our 5th annual PlayFestival, which is being held this year at Kumu Kahua Theatre as part of their Dark Night series, PlayBuilders of Hawai’i Theater Company is announcing the launching of The PlayWrights’ Club.

Rachel Funk Heller, a PlayBuilders’ board member and creator of The Writers Coloring Book, will host ThePlayWrights’ Club meetings in Kailua on Saturdays at 9 am. The first meeting will be held on April 23, 2016.

Rachel explains, “We plan to create a safe and supportive space for playwrights to discuss their work, they continue to develop their ideas into a fully realized script. For example, one of the featured activities at the meetings will be the opportunity to play ‘Play Craft’ a multiple player card game designed by playwright Robert St. John, to kick start the imagination and generate ideas for characters, plots, and scenes. The card game was created by Robert to aid his students, and it has taken on a life of its own.”

For more information on how to join The PlayWrights’ Club, please email Rachel Funk Heller at For more information about The PlayFestival 2016, please go or contact Terri Madden at

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.