June 7, 2012 reading of Wahiawa/Schofield play at Dot’s Restaurant banquet room. Pictured are Robert Yokoyama, Jade Glover, Bettina Adragna, Alan Okubo, Jo-Lin Kalimapau and Terri Madden. Standing is my very supportive husband, Dan Madden.
Working with community members about the content of the play is even more important than the play itself. Here, Jo-Lin Kalimapau is sharing with us on why a certain aspect of the script (a poem Terri wrote) is not pono. Since the reading, the poem has been removed from the script and Jo-Lin has agreed to write a poem from the Hawaiian perspective which will introduce the play.
Last week, after auditions, we decided to set the play aside for the time being and do it next year. Instead, we will organize a theatrical event that will encompass a set of monologues created and performed by Community members. These monologues will be based on oral histories each will have conducted with a friend, neighbor or other person they admire.
PlayBuilders will never produce a play unless all community members are in agreement that it is pono. This takes time. It is proper that we are form a strong relationship with the community and learn more and more everyday about the rich history and peoples of Wahiawa. A casting announcement will be made soon.
All is well and as it should be with the Wahiawa/Schofield project.