The PlayFestival 2017 Winners Announced 

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is pleased to announce the winners of The PlayFestival 2017 held at Kumu Kahua Theatre, as part of their Dark Night Series.  
 
Twelve plays, written by both youth and adults, were presented on Sunday, April 2nd and Monday, April 3rd. The PlayFestival is an annual event that has been organized by PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company over the past 6 years.
 
Adult Division:

Best Play: "Saving Mofo" written by Robert St. John
Best Director: Karen Loebl Kaulana for "Da Truth of Da Fruit"
Best Actor: Maile Kapua'ala with a special mention going to Daryl Bonilla and Nicolas Logue
2017 Audience Appreciation Award: "Da Truth of Da Fruit" written by Lyana Atsumi

Youth Division:
Best Play: "Fun Family Dinner" written by Sunny Lee
Best Director: Justus Wahl for "Fun Family Dinner"
Best Actor: Ian Chong
 
2017 Audience Appreciation Awards:
"Fun Family Dinner" written by Sunny Lee
 
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 was presented during dark nights, evenings when Kumu Kahua’s regular season shows were 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.
 
For more information regarding The Playwrights’ Club, please contact Rachel Funk Heller.