WHAT: The Hawai'i debut: The Squeaky Wheel/Homage to Amy
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: November 24, 25 & 26, 2013; 7:00 pm
COST: $10.00
INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org

HONOLULU, HI?In 2006, only a few years after adopting a special needs baby Brian Shaughnessy learned that his young wife Amy had cancer. Within a year, Amy died leaving Brian to raise five-year-old Amadeus as best as he could. Brian knew it would be a challenge.

Meeting challenges is what Brian Shaughnessy is all about. You see, Brian is quadriplegic. A botched surgery thirty years ago left Brian paralyzed from the neck down, but that hasn¹t stopped him from becoming an author, actor, director, playwright, entrepreneur, and attorney ... as well as a loving, caring father for a son with disabilities.

In the Hawai'i debut of their new play, The Squeaky Wheel / Homage to Amy, Brian and Amadeus Shaughnessy tell the story of their life after Amy¹s death, a story of tragedy and triumph, laughter and tears, and, most of all, indomitable love.

The national debut of The Squeaky Wheel / Homage to Amy came this past summer, when Brian and son carried the show to the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

The Squeaky Wheel/Homage to Amy runs locally at Honolulu's own Kumu Kahua Theatre, November 24, 25 and 26, 2013. Show times are 7:00 pm nightly. All tickets are $10 and available for purchase at the door only, beginning at 6:15 pm on show nights.

Homage to Amy picks up where Brian¹s autobiography, The Squeaky Wheel, left off. Of that book, Mark Medoff, Oscar nominee and Tony award-winning author of Children of a Lesser God, said: "Brian Shaughnessy tells his story of suffering and survival with extraordinary humor and compassion. Fate dealt him what might seem an impossible life. His journey is harrowing, horrifying, and finally inspirational. His dignity, his humor, his life have informed my own. I am indebted to him for all he is."

Photos and interview opportunities with Brian Shaughnessy available upon request.

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 Mayor¹s 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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