Kumu Kahua Theatre reprises its season hit Half Dozen Long Stem by Lee Cataluna at our downtown Honolulu theatre on 46 Merchant Street, from July 14 through July 31.  Cataluna’s previous plays include Da Mayah, Ulua, Aloha Friday, Super Secret Squad and Folks You Meet In Longs.

            Kumu Kahua Theatre is an air-conditioned, intimate 100 seat performance space; to avoid disappointment, patrons should purchase tickets in advance.  Performances are at 8pm Thursday through Saturday, with a 2pm Sunday matinee.  Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting our Box Office between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday.  Ticket prices range from $16 to $5.  Tickets go on sale June 28.

            Cataluna has viewed life in Hawai'i through the eyes of cable television station employees on Kauai, fisherfolk on Maui, politicians on the Big Island, and workers and customers at Long's Drug Stores on Oahu.  She now cultivates her distinctive brand of local humor in new soil–a Honolulu flower and lei shop. The colorful cast of characters includes Mrs. Fujiuchi, the shop owner, who doesn't like her employees to smell the flowers because she's convinced they'll lose their scents; Romell, a flamboyant delivery man who loves to read the gift cards and gossip about their contents; Nornette, a sales clerk who bursts into tears at the slightest provocation; Bertram, a customer who appears to be sending flowers to several women at the same time; and Bully, a big bruiser with a soft spot for flowers. The comic action kicks into high gear when the building owners decide to sell the building, and close down the shop.

            R. Kevin Doyle will once again direct the play.  A Mid-Pacific School of the Arts Drama Instructor, previously helmed Cataluna's Da Mayah, Ulua, and Aloha Friday.  The production includes set design by Angela Price, lighting by Gerry Kawaoka, and costumes by Monica and Squire Coldwell.  The entire cast returns featuring Charlotte Dias, Ron Encarnacion, Karen Hironaga, Norman M. Muñoz, Aito Steele, and Danel Verdugo.

            Kumu Kahua productions are being supported by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts celebrating more than thirty years of culture and the arts in Hawai‘i (with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts); the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, Mufi Hannemann, Mayor; The Hawai‘i Community Foundation; and Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.

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