Kumu Kahua Theatre Announces A New Commisioned Play The Holiday Of Rain By Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

Honolulu, Hawai?i: At the Sadie Thompson Inn in Samoa, the innkeepers have planned an unusual experience for their special guests: a reenactment of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1921 short story “Rain.” But thanks to a magician’s time warp, the real Maugham finds himself on the guest list. Swirling together fantasy, history, humor and drama, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, winner of the Hawai‘i Award for Literature and the author of The Conversion of Ka‘ahumanu and Ola N? Iwi, re-imagines Maugham’s steamy South Sea story in a wild romp of illusions, delusions and near fatal attractions.

Kumu Kahua Artistic Director, Harry Wong, directs the play, with Katherine Aumer as Assistant Director.  The cast includes: Lauren Ballesteros, James “Kimo” Bright, Craig Howes, Tony Nickelsen, Kiana Rivera, Eleanor Svaton, Tyler Tanabe, Shawn Thomsen, and Danielle Zalopany.

Performance Dates:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm
March 24, 25, 26, 31; April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Sunday  2pm
March 27; April 3, 10, 17
(No Show on Easter Sunday, April 24)

Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $5 to $20.  Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting the Kumu Kahua Box Office at 46 Merchant Street from 11am to 3pm Monday through Friday.  For more information about this and other productions, or to purchase tickets online, visit www. Kumu Kahua.org.

Kumu Kahua Theatre is an intimate, air-conditioned 100-seat performance space and individual performances do sell out.  Patrons are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance.

Kumu Kahua productions are made possible with support from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, celebrating more than thirty years of culture and the arts in Hawai‘i, and the National Endowment for the Arts; The Annenberg Foundation; Paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts; and Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.

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