“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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“Fostering Ohana” to Participate in The Second Annual Hawaiʻi One-Minute PlayFestival

The “Fostering Ohana” cast will participate in the 2nd annual Hawaiʻi One-minute PlayFestival which will be presented on Saturday, May 21st and Sunday, May 22nd at Honolulu Theatre for Youthʻs Tenney Theatre (229 Queen Emma Square). The event is produced by the One-minute PlayFestival, Kumu Kahua Theatre and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Both performances are at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $20 and available for purchased at KumuKahua.org.

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Night 3 of "Fostering Ohana" Production Project

I auditioned for PlayBuilders back in 2013, just a couple months after finally getting settled here in Hawaii. I knew this wasn't typical theater I was getting myself into. This is activist art. Save the world kind of _____. We are a group of open minded, open hearted creators/ performers taking community stories and creating a play. This work, truly is healing work, for everyone involved. To have someone share their story with you is an incredible gift. 

Tonight we practiced interviewing and performing. We interviewed our person and then performed as that person telling their story. In the end we gathered in a story circle and expressed how it felt to perform and how it felt to see your story being performed. Tears were shed, spiritual connections were made, healing was in action. 

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PlayBuilders on Generosity.com

Right now, we are  currently working with the Foster Care Training Committee, headed by Alan Castillo of Partners In Development Foundation, on a new community-based play for the foster care community titled, "Fostering Ohana."

For this online campaign, we hope to raise $5,000.00 which will cover stipends for our actors, rent adequate rehearsal space and provide nourishment for our community member actors during rehearsals over the course of the first year.

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