PLAYBUILDERS FESTIVAL 2020 AWARDS! Festival held over for 10 more days!
Dear Playwrights, Directors, Actors, and audience members,
Congratulations to you all for a job well done. The 2020 PlayBuilders Festival is a resounding success. due to popular demand the Festival will be held over for one more week to accommodate those who just purchased tickets and will close midnight on October 9.
ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PLAYBUILDERS FESTIVAL 2020, I EXTEND A WARM MAHALO TO OUR AUDIENCE WHO JOINED US FOR OUR VERY FIRST ON-LINE THEATRE FESTIVAL. THIS WAS A COVID-FREE ZONE AND IT WAS A WONDERFULLY GRAND EXPERIMENT. WITHOUT YOU THIS WOULD NOT HAVE been worthwhile. WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED YOURSELVES AND plan to JOIN US AGAIN NEXT YEAR.
For those of you who have been so kinds as to decided to remain PlayBuilders Patrons at just $5.00 MONTH, you will have access to exclusive content through out the year. On october 8, we will be posting "Bursting bubbles, Jenny" in which activist, writer, and Domestic Violence Survivor Jenny Delos Santos shares her story. PlayBuilders produced this in collaboration with the Hawaii State coalition against domestic violence and it will also run on Olelo community television in time for domestic violence awareness month. You will have exclusive access to it and will see it before everyone else. Mahalo again for your support. The funds raised will allow us to continue our work of gathering and sharing Hawaiiʻs stories at the ARTS at Marks Garage.
MY THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO OUR ADJUDICATORS, RASA FOURNIER, BETTY BURDICK, HOKU GILBERT, KEVIN KEAVENEY, RICHARD VALASEK AND KAREN VALASK and special adjudicator, Matthew Kelty and the ARTS at Marks Garage, FOR GIVING SO MUCH OF THEMSELVES TO JUDGE THE PLAYS THIS YEAR. THESE KNOWLEDGABLE AND ESTEEMED THEATRE MAKERS LISTENED TO OVER 10 HOURS OF PLAYS AND SPENT AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF TIME DELIBERATING. THEY ASSURE ME THAT THE DECISIONS WERE NOT EASY TO MAKE because ALL WHO SUBMITTED THEIR PLAYS AND WERE CHOSEN FOR THIS FESTIVAL ARE WORTHY.
I would also like to thank Robert st. John for producing the youth division for the PlayBuilders Festival this year. Robert, a drama teacer at Le jardin academy, may be the only drama teacher in the state who teaches playwriting. PlayBuilders encourages more drama and english teachers to teach the art of playwriting by continuing to provide a festival for youth under 18 years of age to participate.
Thank you to our 15 Directors and 87 Actors. You were all amazing and did a wonderful job. The only danger was that you were so good you may have hidden potential weaknesses in the script and the playwrights still may no realize that there is still works to be done.
To our playwrights, mahalo nui for sharing yourselves with us and please write every day. I leave you with the inspiring words of Terrence McNally who sadly passed away last March due to complications of Covid-19. " Write plays that matter. Raise the stakes. Shout, yell, holler, but make yourself heard. It's time for playwrights to reclaim the theatre. We do that by speaking in our own unique voices. We do that by speaking from the heart about things that matter most to us. If a play isn't worth dying for- not mention months, perhaps years of rewrites and frustration- maybe it isn't worth writing. Maybe the Great American Play will never be written, but we can make a glorious noise while trying to write it. Yes, theatre is fun. Yes, Theatre is passion. But above all, theatre is the oldest way of trying to tell the truth about who we are. We can compete with sharks and flaming asteroids and rampaging dinosaurs. We have...language. We have our own voice."
Mahalo nui loa for participating this year. It has been wonderful having you and I hope you submit again next year. You all have accomplished so much and should feel very proud.
Terri madden , Mfa Founder and Executive director Playbuilders of Hawaii Theatre company
PLAYBUILDERS FESTIVAL 2020 AWARDS
Best play ADULT division FIRST PLACE: SHAME SHAME BY SH MURAKOSHI HONORABLE MENTION: FABLE BY CAROL POLCOVAR
YOUTH division FIRST PLACE: THE CURSED TICKET BY CATHERINE WARD HONORABLE MEntion SECOND PLACE: PRAYING TO OREOS BY MAGGIE MUNDAY ODOM
Audience Favorite Adult division: SHAME SHAME BY SH MURAKOSHI Youth division: Symmetry by Diza Hendrawan
The Arts@Marks AWARD: HARLOT TOWN by Michael markrich a note from arts at marks Garage executive director Mattew Kelty: THE PLAYBUILDERS FESTIVAL THIS YEAR HAD SO MANY TERRIFIC ENTRIES - FOR ADULT AND YOUNG AUDIENCES, IN A VARIETY OF STYLES - THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR US HERE AT THE ARTS AT MARKS GARAGE TO CHOOSE! IN THE END, MICHAEL MARKRICH'S HARLOT TOWN SEEMED LIKE A GREAT MATCH FOR ARTS@MARKS: THE PLAY FOCUSES ON HONOLULU'S CHINATOWN; IT ALLOWS US TO MENTOR AN EMERGING ARTIST AND INCUBATE NEW WORK; IT TELLS A COMPELLING STORY WITH VIBRANT CHARACTERS; AND IT PORTRAYS HONOLULU IN A WAY THAT'S HISTORICALLY ACCURATE BUT RELEVANT FOR MODERN-DAY AUDIENCES. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH MICHALE ON HARLOT TOWN, AND TO PRESENTING THE PLAY IN NEXT YEAR'S SEASON. CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK, AND TO ALL THE PLAYWRIGHTS AND ARTISTS IN THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL!
……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Best director ADULT division: WILLIAM HA'O, SHAME SHAME YOUTH division: ROBERT ST. JOHN, DIRECTOR OF ALL YOUTH ENTRIES
……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Best actor ADULT division: LARRY BIALOCK, FABLE LILLIAN JONES, HARLOT TOWN ENSEMBLE: KAREN KAULANA LOEBL & KU'ULEI SHAFEE, SHAME SHAME YOUTH division: Amy K. Sullivan, Praying to Oreos and How to Buy a Pool Tie: Danielle Zalopany, Impossible Mistake, Becoming Bartos Lucy Chung, Praying to Oreos
SPECIAL AWARDS Musical Score: Pierre Togna, Vile Jelly Sound Design: Ben Sobel, Harlot Town
"Open Your Hearts Wide" by Marion Lyman-Mersereau was made possible in part through generous grants from the Cooke Foundation Limited, The Atherton Foundation, and the National Endowment for the ARTS. To find out more about how the National Endowment for the ARTs grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. PlayBuildersʻ community partners for this project were Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, (missionhouses.org) and the PAʻI Foundation (paifoundation.org).
Mahalo nui loa to Kumu Kahua Theatre, and The University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa for their kokua. We are currently working to make "Open Your Hearts Wide Available" to Hawaii schools though special programing. For more information check under past projects at the top of the page.