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Kumu Kahua Theater features Hawaiian sovereignty themed plays

Kumu Kahua announces its 41st season, including…

Kumu rounds out the season with two plays that look at native Hawaiian history and issues. Writer-musician-actor Sean T.C. O’Malley returns to the intriguing character of Robert Wilcox for inspiration in Wilcox’s Shot. O’Malley first brought the complex native Hawaiian political character to life in 2002’s To the Last Hawaiian Soldier. Now O’Malley hones in on Wilcox’s time in Washington, D.C., as Hawai‘i’s first delegate to Congress. His work is followed by the a revival of Alani Apio’s Kamau A‘e, a powerful look at the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement.


Wilcox’s Shot
A World Premiere
By Sean T.C. O’Malley
Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox, the revolutionary-turned-politician, arrives in Washington as Hawai‘i’s first delegate to Congress in 1901. A man of action in a powerless position, Wilcox confronts some of the most famous names of the era as he grapples with his own role in shaping Hawai‘i’s future.
Wilcox’s Shot dramatizes the life of one of Hawai‘i’s most fascinating historical figures, at the dawn of the 20th century.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 26, 27, 28; February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 2012
Sundays 2pm: January 29; February 12, 19, *26, 2012
(No show Sunday, February 5, because of the Superbowl)

Kamau A‘e
A Kumu Kahua Revival by Alani Apio
The Hawaiian Sovereignty movement, with its complexities and controversies, takes the stage in this powerful drama. Fresh out of prison, Michael Kawaipono Mahekona joins a group of activists on a mission to reclaim Hawaiian land. As the group splinters over whether to stand firm or compromise on its principles, Michael must decide how to stay true to what he believes.
First produced in 1997, Kamau A‘e returns to Kumu Kahua, sharing its message with a new generation of audiences. This play contains strong language.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: May 31; June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2012
Sundays 2pm: June 3, 10, 17, 24; July *1, 2012

Follow the link above for more about the theater, ticket info, etc. or visit the Kumu Kahua Theater website.


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