Kumu Kahua Thater And Jean Charlot Foundation Partner On World Premiere

WHAT: The World Premiere of Jean Charlot's Moa a M?'?
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: January 23 - February 23, 2014 (see full schedule below)
COST: $5.00-$20.00
INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org


HONOLULU, HI--As a part of Kumu Kahua Theatre's upcoming season, Moa a M?'? by Jean Charlot, the Jean Charlot Foundation is supporting the production with a sponsorship for the show's artistic personnel.

Moa a M?'?, or Chicken Into King, opens on January 23, 2014, and recreates several stories about 'Umi, who was raised as a commoner and became a wise and famous ali'i nui.

To celebrate this collaboration, Kumu Kahua is having a reception for the Jean Charlot Foundation members on Sunday, January 26, 2014, prior to the matinee performance. This reception will feature catering by Laverne's, as well as an informational display about Charlot's plays. A discussion of his work will be given by a member of the foundation, prior to the performance. The production director, Daniel A. Kelin and Kumu Kahua Theatre Artistic Director, Harry Wong, will be on hand for discussion.

"Jean Charlot's art is a part of the daily life of O'ahu" says the production director, Daniel A. Kelin. "And now we will have the unique pleasure of enjoying one of his hidden gems; his play MOA A M?'? that pays tribute to Hawai'i's long ago King, Umi-a-Liloa. Thanks to the wonderful support of the Charlot Foundation, we all, from theatre artist to audience, can get a glimpse into this master artist's great respect for Hawai'i."

"This will be the first time since the 1960s that a play by Charlot has been produced," adds Jean Trapido-Rosenthal, President of the Jean Charlot Foundation. "The Foundation is delighted that Kumu Kahua is introducing the community to Charlot the playwright."

Show dates:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31; February 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2014
Sundays 2pm: January 26; February 9, 16, *23, 2014
*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request
(No show Sunday, February 2 - Superbowl)

The mission of the Jean Charlot Foundation is to perpetuate the legacy of Jean Charlot by supporting the collection, preservation, documentation, and dissemination of resources related to his life, work, and interests; by encouraging artists and scholars in their work through awards and grants; and by promoting the social and intercultural aspects of art.

The mission of Kumu Kahua Theatre is to provide theatrical opportunities for the expression of local community lifestyles, whether contemporary or historical; to stage locally written plays set in Hawai`i or dealing with some aspect of the Hawaiian experience of residents; to provide training and theatrical experiences for local playwrights, directors, performers and other theatrical artists; and to develop an increasingly large audience sensitive to plays and theatre pieces dealing specifically and truthfully with local subject matter.

Visit kumukahua.org or call: 808-536-4222 for more information or to buy tickets.

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaii and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts; The Annenberg Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star Advertiser and other Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.

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