Pictured are: (L. to R.) William Hao and Justin Fragiao in Kumu Kahua Theatre's production of "The Great Kaua'i Train Robbery", by Lee Cataluna. The production will play at Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu, from October 28th - November 28th, 2010.

Photo by Kaveh Kardan

Kumu Kahua Theatre Announces A New Play By Lee Cataluna!

HONOLULU, HI: Kumu Kahua Theatre presents The Great Kaua‘i Train Robbery, A Kumu Kahua commissioned play, by Lee Cataluna.

Kaua‘i, 1920: At a time when plantations used railways to transport workers’ pay, the stage was set for one of Hawai‘i’s most unusual robberies. This is the story of Hali, a man who will do anything to protect his beloved family—even if it means becoming a suspect in the crime. From the author of the smash hits Folks You Meet in Longs and Da Mayah comes this tender and moving drama, inspired by a true story, about how far we go for the people we love.
Runs Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: October 28, 29, 30; November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2010
Sundays 2pm: October 31; November 7, 14, 21, *28, 2010
(No Show Thursday, November 25th, because of Thanksgiving)

*American Sign Language interpretation available upon request

Kumu Kahua artistic director Kati Kuroda will direct the production, with set design by BullDog, Lighting design by Kazumi Hatsumura.  The cast includes: Wil Kahele, Lisa Ann Katagiri, Puamana Crabbe, William Hao, Tony Nickelsen, Jason K. Ellinwood.

Kumu Kahua Theatre is an air-conditioned, intimate 100-seat performance space; Patrons are strongly advised to purchase tickets in advance as individual performances do sell out.  Performances are at 8pm Thursday through Saturday, and at 2pm on Sunday afternoons.  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 $5 to $20.  Tickets are on sale now.  For more information about this and other productions, or to buy tickets online, visit

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 Annenberg Foundation; the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, Kirk W. Caldwell, Acting Mayor; paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu, the Hawai’i State Legislature, and Foundations, Businesses and Patrons. 

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