WHAT: New Play Festival – this Summer
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: June 21 – 23, 2015 (see schedule below)
INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org / http://www.facebook.com/newplayfestival
SPECIAL NOTE: For this production, tickets can be used three times (See explanation below.)
HONOLULU, HI— New Play Festival is a new festival, established early 2015. It is a three-day event, showcasing nine different newly written plays written by several local playwrights, including Ian Chong, Alvin Chan and Jasmine Fernandez. This is presented as part of Kumu Kahua Theatre’s dark night series.
New Play Festival is the first production the company has produced together, and their first venture at Kumu Kahua Theatre. The company consists of Producer Isaac Ligsay, Producers, directors and playwrights Alan Shepard and Jasmin Haugstuen Please. The festivals nine plays depict different relationships between family members, friends and lovers, workplaces; it explores the future, the present local time, self –reflection and identity. Nothing is taboo.
“What’s so great about the New Play Festival is that it’s going to be an experience, like entering a museum, maybe you’ll like something, maybe some things not, maybe you’ll love some things so much you want them to stay with you forever. People can explore it like a gallery.” says Actress, Cindy Ramirez, who is appearing in the short play ‘Bus Ride’. “And it’s new writing, I think Hawaii is ready for regular opportunities to be surprised. With this festival, people can look forward to New Plays, just like they look forward to New movies”
The three dates for the performances are Sunday June 21st, Monday June 22nd and Tuesday 23rd.1, The first section of performances start at 6:30 PM, then after intermission, the second section resumes at an estimated time of 7:35 PM, then after the third intermission, the last section starts at 8:40 PM.
For this production, ticket prices will include an opportunity to attend the festival several times.
“It will be a whole evening of plays, and if you don’t have time to watch all three sections in one day,” Says Producer, Jasmin Haugstuen Please, “Or example, if you decide to go for a bite to eat in the first intermission, and you return to the third section, you will have two stamps, but you can return the next day to watch the section you missed, using your last stamp. This way everyone can really enjoy all three sections, in their own time.”
All audience members must either print out their pre-purchased tickets from Event brite, or purchase them at the door at Kumu Kahua, an hour before the performances start on the day. For more information on tickets and promotions, watch this video;
Get your tickets here; http://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-play-festival-tickets-17254031272
Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Dark Night Series was created to offer other theatre groups, playwrights, and artists the opportunity to present their work to the community. This series is presented during dark nights – evenings when Kumu Kahua’s regular season shows are not being performed. To be part of the Dark Night Series, artists must submit a proposal, which is reviewed by the Artistic Director and Board of Directors. From these proposals, projects are chosen that Kumu Kahua feels will promote the development of the theatrical arts and benefit local artists. This is an effort to enhance and enrich the cultural diversity and artistic climate of Honolulu.
The different plays reflects this cultural diversity and the festival has a large, varied and talented cast of local actors, and a group of directors who consists of Alex Munro, Jasmin Haugstuen Please, Alan Shepard, Jasmine Fernandez, Janice McGrath and Michael Donato. The writers had a month to submit their plays, and the directors and actors have had around two months to rehearse their plays.
“We started out with no money, after a lot of support and a great fundraiser, we have a budget. But we are still limited with time, and amount of time in the space.” Says producer and director Alan Shepard. “We all have to work on making the transitions smooth, as it is a long night of plays, and it will be fun to work all together on the three days we have before the festival begins. We are all aiming to keep it simple, but to still tell the stories on the level they deserve to be told.”
For more information, or more insight to the festival, the rehearsals of the plays and the people involved, check out the festivals facebook page; http://www.Facebook.com/newplayfestival