PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is holding the world premiere of the play Dragon Fly: The Journey of a Young Local Girl in Foster Care. The play was written by Terri Madden in collaboration with Hawaii’s Foster Care Community, with music by Apu Turano and Layla Kilolu (rap lyrics by Michelle Martin) and is directed by William Haʻo. This showing is part of the 2017 Resource Family Appreciation Day for resource, adoptive, guardianship, kinship & permanency families.
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 AM—1:30 PM, Registration at 9:30 AM, Play is from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Mission Memorial Auditorium, 530 S. King St., Honolulu
Families who attend will also receive a $25 Movie Gift Card as a token of appreciation for the important work they do for the children and youth in Hawaii affected by out-of-home care, lunch and childcare during the play for kids age 3 -10. Click here for more details.
Other Performances Include:
Where: Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church WHEN: April 30th at 7:00 p.m. COST: Free
Where: Dots in Wahiawa WHEN: May 6th at 7:00 p.m. COST: Free
Where: The ARTS at Marks Garage WHEN: May 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 27 at 7 pm COST: Tickets $15 and $12
About the Play
This play is based on stories shared by the foster care community during story circles and individual interviews conducted by Madden with the PlayBuilders Ensemble from January to December of 2016. Community Collaborative playwright, Terri Madden holds an MFA in Theatre (Playwriting focus) from UH, and has lived on and off in Honolulu since 1973, when her Army officer father was transferred here. Plays include Clinchco, The Day After Payday (Ralph Stanly Traditional Mountain Music Center, Clintwood VA), Appalachia, Hawaii (Earl Ernst Theatre, University of Hawai) Wahiawa, Remembah Wen (Dots Restaurant, Wahiawa), Yes, I Am, Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community (Fresh Café/ devised with Ronald Gilliam and Kahana Ho), and Yes, I am Leeward Edition (Leeward Community College/ devised with Ronald Gilliam and Kahana Ho). A 45-year veteran of the theatre, Terri is a recipient of Lisa Toshigawa Inouye Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and is a multiple Po’okela Award winning actress for performances in both straight plays and musicals. For the 2013-2014 season, Terri was acknowledged by the Hawaii State Theatre Council with a Po’okela Award for directing “Houseless in Paradise” which was also selected as “Overall Play.”
Director, William Haʻo, has been a professional actor for over 25 years. Based in New York City, he has performed for many of NYCs’ theater companies and has toured in almost every state of the Union, with performances also in Vancouver, Canada, and Athens, Greece. His work includes various voiceovers for documentaries. He narrated the award-winning documentary On the Move: The Central Ballet of China. Since returning home he has performed with Loʻi Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and the Oral History Department at UHM. For Hawaii Mission Houses (HMH), Will directed Twelf Nite O Wateva and has also directed their Cemetery Pupu Theatre series, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) last summer. He was last seen on stage at Hawaii Theatre Center’s production of Eddie Wenʻ Go, The Story of the Upside Down Canoe, by Marion Lyman-Mersereau.
PlayBuilders’ mission is “to gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawaiʻi.” PlayBuilders prides itself for being a multi-ethnic ensemble of experienced theatre makers who help Hawaii’s communities explore their identity, history, peoples and cultures through theater. As Founder and Executive Director, Terri Madden notes: “Our original works are based on shared stories, and feature community members performing alongside our experienced actors. PlayBuilders’ productions are presented in places meaningful to community members and the public is invited to attend, thus providing connections of understanding and friendship between all of Hawaii’s people.