‘Koi, Like the Fish’

May 29, 2014 – June 29, 2014 all-day
Kumu Kahua Theatre
46 Merchant Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
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KoiIn this Oahu premiere of Kealiʻiwahine Hokoana’s “Koi, Like the Fish,” a young woman moves with her family to live with her sick uncle, Koi, in order to take care of him. Koi is a recluse and tensions begin to rise between him and his niece.

Showtime Schedule: May 29-31; June 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m); June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Sunday at 2 p.m.)

Tickets are available here.

Q&A with Managing Director Donna Blanchard:

What was the decision behind bringing “Koi, Like the Fish” to the theatre?
For each season, we try to create a balance of shows that tell stories of a variety of lives/cultures here, support local writers, utilize and showcase local talent and give our audiences a range of theatrical genre. “Koi, Like the Fish” is a local family drama that should also speak to a wide array of cultures. The playwright is a Hawaiian woman from the big island and the characters in this play offer some really wonderful roles for our actors.

What are you most excited about/or proud of with your theatre’s production of this play?
I’m proud that we don’t shy from unknown scripts and very real dramas like this. This show offers a fabulous role for “an actor of mature years,” and John Wat performs that role skillfully and with great sensitivity and depth. I’m also proud of our directoral team, which includes a seasoned actor with a few directing experiences under his belt, and a young, skilled technical artist and actor, directing for the first time.

Why should people go to this event and what will they get out of it?
Everyone, regardless of your familial situation, will see themselves in some or many aspects of this show. This is real life that we get to watch from the very safe point of view of audience members. This gives us an opportunity to think through the situations, relationships and problems our characters face. We get to gain that experience without bringing the heartache home with us. THAT is the awesome power of the theatre!