Kumu Kahua Theatre - Moa a Moi Opens Next Week

Born in France, Jean Charlot (1898-1979) immigrated to Mexico where he became a renowned muralist. In 1949, he moved to Hawaii as a teacher and artist in residence at UH Manoa. Drawing upon his environment and local culture for inspiration, he continued to create hundreds of artworks, as well as Two Hawaiian Plays (1976). This one, Moa a M??? (?Chicken Into King?), recreates several stories about ?Umi, who was born a commoner and became a wise and famous ali?i nui.

The show will be directed by Daniel A. Kelin, who has served as the Honolulu Theatre for Youth Director of Drama Education since 1987 and is currently President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (2011-2013). A nationally recognized Master Teaching Artist in Drama/Theatre, he is on the National Teaching Artist roster of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Dan holds an MFA in Child Drama from the University of Hawaii and has served as a Consultant and Trainer for many arts and social service organizations nationally and internationally.

?Now begins the story of ?Umi,?? says production director, Daniel A. Kelin. ?Those words caught my attention when first I read Jean Charlot?s play. Deeply engaged by the history of the Hawai?i Island king, ?Umi-a-Liloa, and also entranced by the artistic work of Charlot, I felt elated when I discovered his play about that king.?

SHOW DATES:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 23, 24, 25, 30, 31; February 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2014
Sundays 2pm: January 26; February 9, 16, *23, 2014

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Sunday, February 2 - Superbowl)


Tickets can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, at KumuKahua.org, or by visiting our box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel & Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Ticket prices range from $5 to $20.

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 Hawai?i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor?s Office of Culture and the Arts; The Annenberg Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai?i, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star Advertiser and other Foundations, Businesses and Patrons.

WHAT: Jean Charlot?s play: Moa a M???

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street

WHEN: January 23 ? February 23, 2014 (see full schedule below)

COST: $5.00-$20.00

INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org

HONOLULU, HI?Popular Hawaiian legends of Umi retold by Jean Charlot
With permission from © The Jean Charlot Estate LLC.




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