The Leeward Theatre is proud to announce the return of the children’s theatre production Plantation Plays for our 43rd Season! Plantation Plays is a series of three short works by local playwrights Kiki, Courtney Takabayashi, and Kirstyn Trombetta. The plays are site specific productions at Hawaii’s Plantation Village. The actors will also be performing during the week to area elementary schools who visit Hawaii's Plantation Village. Former Leeward faculty member and award winning local director Ashley DeMoville will be directing the production.
This is a series of partnerships three years in the making! With the Leeward Theatre’s main stage facility closed over the past year for repairs, the Theatre has had to look beyond the four walls of the building to make productions happen. “Ever since Hawaii’s Plantation Village board president Deanna Espinas participated in our 2014 production The Waipahu Project we have been trying to get one of our performances to their location.” says former Leeward Theatre Manager Kemuel DeMoville. “They have such a beautiful and evocative space that it just cries out for live performance. It’s taken a lot of hard work and trust on everyone’s part, but it’s extremely satisfying to see this partnership production finally coming together.”
Shows happening at The Hawaii Plantation Village in Waipahu. November 4,5,11,12,18,19 at 12PM
Tickets are 5$
About the Three Newly Commissioned Plays:
All three of these plays were commissioned by the Leeward Theatre to premiere at Hawaii’s Plantation Village. Each play is site specific �" meaning that the playwright wrote the play to be performed at a particular area or space at Hawaii’s Plantation Village.
Lost Boy by Kiki. When Boy wanders off alone while playing the newest mobile game called Flora & Flumes, he finds himself transported to a different world- an early 1900's Hawaii Plantation. Boy ends up on a wild adventure with 8 year old Ito, who teaches Boy that the best games are played with real friends.
Jan Shoda and the Case of the Missing Chicken by Courtney Takabayashi. Jan Shoda is a precocious 10-year old Japanese girl living on the plantation with her family. One day, her beloved pet chicken, Koke-san goes missing. Jan spends the day looking for clues, interrogating her neighbors, and learning about different cultures in order to solve the Case of the Missing Chicken.
Saudade by Kirstyn Trombetta. In the Portuguese camp, Lizzie and her little brother Reese find a seemingly worthless, dusty old box. News of the discovery travels throughout the camp, leading people to believe it contains some extra fortune and they become very interested in the object. The siblings realize they have a responsibility to return the box to its rightful owner and learn that some things are irreplaceable.
Saturday, 18 November, 2017
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