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.


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.

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.


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