e ‘ōlelo: to speak
e ‘ōlelo is an annual readers theatre series produced by Kahilu Theatre in association with Hawaii ArtSpace. With a focus on local playwrights, stories and talent, e ‘ōlelo seeks to share the stories of our lives.
Some of our past readings have included the script “Hapa Girls” by Waimea’s own Jessie Marshall, and “Ola Na Iwi”, by Waikii resident and HA Board Member, scholar, and playwright, Victoria Kneubuhl.
Up next, on Friday Feb. 28th is “iHula” by Ryan Okinaka. The play explores the relationships of four young hula dancers and their Kumu Hula who happens to be the grandmother of Iwapono, a young dancer who fights the notion that she will one day become the Kumu. Bitterness over her mom’s drug use and abandonment, permeates Iwapono’s life, so instead of embracing the safety and structure of her hula world, she pushes against it. Told with humor, struggle, and turmoil, iHula ultimately explores the notions that fears can be overcome and wrongs can be righted.
Performances are held at Kahilu Theatre’s Mike Luce Studio, and tickets can be purchased at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and more info can be found at kahilutheatre.org.
Meet the Director
Producer, and Director, Bree Kale’a Peters originally hails from Oahu, where she was born and raised. She is a fifth generation, Kamaina, who spent nearly 40 years of her theatrical life, as a Producer and Director there. She now resides in Waimea, and is the Artistic Director of Hawaii ArtSpace.
Seeking Script Submissions
Kahilu Theatre is seeking submissions of original, new, scripts for its ’20-21 readers theatre season.
Please submit your attached script with a brief cover letter to the following email address from now thru May 15th, 2020: firstname.lastname@example.org
When submitting a script, please adhere to the requirements below:
- Scripts must be Hawaii-centric in content.
- Format your script in proper theatrical format.
- Please remember to put your name, contact number, and email address on the script title page.
- Script pages must be numbered.
- In your brief cover letter, please include the running time of the script, a brief synopsis, and a short paragraph on your background.
- Send your script only as a PDF attachment.
If your script is chosen, you will be notified by email and your script will be part of the ’20-21 e ‘ōlelo season. All performances are held in Kahilu Theatre’s, Mike Luce Studio. Below are the performance dates:
Sept. 18th 2020 @ 7pm
Nov. 13th 2020 @ 7pm
Jan. 22nd 2021 @ 7pm
April 2nd 2021 @ 7pm