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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. We are sharing the mini-documentary about the Waipahu project to help folks understand our process.
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."
The social workers who serve on this committee represent many important foster care organizations: Catholic Charities of Hawaiʻi, Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center, Epic Foundation, Epic Ohana, Family Programs, Hawaiʻi and of course Partners In Development Foundation. With their partnership, we are working to develop a play that, when produced in 2017, will help ignite an important conversation here in Hawaiʻi and help to recruit new foster parents.
The first step in developing the play is scheduling and holding story circles (focus groups) with foster youth, social workers, birth parents and foster families. During these story circles, we will collect stories which will help us understand foster care community opinions, experiences, and culture that will inform the writing of the play.
We plan to have former foster youth, themselves, participate in the story gathering and this January, we will hold auditions, inviting those aged 18 to 26 and who are just beginning to live outside the foster care system to join us. During during the rehearsal process which will be run by director/playwright, Terri Madden with assistance from the PlayBuilders Ensemble, we will help them reframe difficult stories of childhood hardship to stories of hope, strength and resilience. Through the development of this play, they will have fun, learn new communication skills, and become empowered to empowered to speak on their own behalf.
Finally, in 2017, we will take the play, with the working title of "Fostering Ohana" on tour, to area churches and other organizations who have members who might be willing to become foster parents if they more clearly understood what is involved and what a difference they could make. Social workers from the organizations I mentioned will be on hand to answer questions or lend support during story circles, rehearsals and performance.
Please help us with this grassroots effort. We are trying to raise a total of $45,000.00 to cover the cost of creating and producing the play. We have applied for several grants, and are waiting for their response.
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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. Rest assured, PlayBuilders is a 501c3 tax exempt organization run by volunteers and 100% of what you donate will go to the “Fostering Ohana” project.
This project will thrive on small $5 to $20 donations from as many people as possible. If 1,000 people donate $5, we will reach our goal and the entire cast will know that we have a large community of generous people supporting what we are trying to accomplish. Mahalo for your support.
Our Mission: 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.
PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company
Terri Madden, MFA
Founder, Executive Director
807 Kaluanui RD
Honolulu, HI 96825