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Kennedy Theatre’s 58th production season comes “full circle.” This season the mainstage opens and closes with world premiere hana keaka (Hawaiian theatre) productions starting in early October with He Leo Aloha, a story about the power of language and the vital importance of communication, articulating that a mastery of language is the power to remedy any situation. Later in October the exciting Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) musical theatre production, Interstellar Cinderella, based on the children’s book by Deborah Underwood, puts a new spin on the classic tale about staying determined and making your dreams come true. In November, the largest dance concert of our season, Sphere, features new choreography by UH Dance Faculty and invited guest choreographers celebrating a wide range of dance genres and traditions. December brings to life The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, a masterful six woman play where class, gender, sexual power dynamics, manipulation, abuse, and debasement collide. To find out more, please click on the individual show title (link).
Tickets are available for all productions this season at ShowTix4U.com.
After we ring in the new year, Eddie Wen’ Go: the Story of the Upside-Down Canoe, a giant puppetry TYA production, takes the stage to tell the story of Eddie Aikau’s heroism through the eyes of ocean creatures. The spring semester performances continue in February with a celebration of the plays of popular pidgin-language playwright Edward Sakamoto in Hawai‘i Nō Ka ‘Oi: A Sakamoto Celebration a quintessential collection of selected scenes from his life’s works. Late March brings a unique pair of student choreography dance concerts entitled Co-Motion, featuring two completely different programs of original dances. We round out the end of the performance season in May with the second world premiere hana keaka (Hawaiian theatre) production Hoʻoilina, a farcical production focused on a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) family and what their future might become while being insidiously constricted by the pressures of capitalism and cultural loss. Click the title of the shows to link to more information.
Late Night Theatre’s fall semester 2021 shows are We Emerge premiering in early October followed by Human Pavilion in November. The spring semester 2022 shows include House Rules and Keep It Brief…A festival of short works. More info can be found on each show webpage.
Late Night Theatre Co., a student-run organization hosted by UHM’s Department of Theatre + Dance, strives to create relevant and innovative performance art-marking by, for, and about UHM students that dismantles oppression, fosters skills in a pre-professional environment, and empowers our local, national, and global communities. Budgets and technical elements are kept minimal in order to focus on students’ acting and directing skills. Shows are presented at a student-friendly late-night hour.
After digitally streaming fully-realized performances (sets, lights, costumes, audio design) from the stages of Kennedy Theatre to our patrons for the Mainstage Season and Primetime Series shows during the Fall 2021 semester, we plan to invite limited-capacity live audiences back into the theatre for the Spring 2022 shows. Kennedy Theatre continues to keep the best interests of our students, patrons, colleagues, and the greater community in the forefront as we navigate the changing tides of the coronavirus pandemic. Our production season is driven by our mission to create opportunities for artistic growth by providing professional-quality production experiences and opportunities for our students.
Kennedy Theatre program and schedule are subject to change.