To gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawaiʻi.
The PlayBuilders Process is Very Simple:
We identify a demographic or geographic community we would like to work with. We approach organizations that serve that community and if they are interested, we commit ourselves to the project and they become our “Community Partners.” Then, together, we connect with knowledgeable community members to collaborate on the creation of a play.
We host story circles and conduct other methods of research to inform the play. Sometimes we collect stories with a playwright, who writes the play independently. Other times we devise the play with community members and actors during rehearsals.
As soon as the play’s first draft is ready, we return to the community with the new play and present a private reading for feedback and suggestions. Then it is back to the drawing board for the playwright who will finish the final draft.
At last, community member auditions take place and the play is rehearsed for approximately 5 weeks. Soon, the set is built, lights are hung and costumes are made. Finally we reach opening night and joyfully the play is performed before a live audience.
High Praise for PlayBuilders!
“(PlayBuilders) came to our town like an Olympic torchbearer carrying the flame...the light. They listened to the community’s needs and concerns and nurtured a play that we are all proud of.”
- Dr. Jared Kanemaru, Wahiawa Historical Society
“... I see now that I am not the only one to have experienced this. I am not crazy. This has been very healing. I am so glad I came.”
- Young Audience Member, Yes I Am; Leeward Edition
“I appreciate the opportunity that you afforded us to speak for our beloved Kalana Kukaniloko, to our own community of Wahiawa. Many have come to me to say they remember our participation in the play and did not realize what was going on in our own backyard...
- Jo-Lin Lenchanko Kalimapau, Hawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawa