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Kumu Kahua Theatre Will Honor Founder with Philanthropic Tickets

10 free tickets will be given to the community every weekend of every show throughout its 52nd Season.

Kumu Kahua Theatre Will Honor Founder with Philanthropic Tickets

Kumu Kahua Theatre will honor the memory of its founder, Dennis Carroll, by offering up to 10 free tickets to the community every weekend of every show throughout its 52nd Season, running August 25, 2022- June 25 August 2023. In keeping with a tenet of Carroll's to make theatre accessible to everyone, The Dennis Carroll Memorial tickets will be focused on those new to, or financially challenged in, experiencing the performing arts. Alongside the newly unveiled Dennis Carroll Memorial tickets, the nonprofit's Scholarship and Student Tickets will continue to be offered, supporting future generations of theatre advocates.

An accomplished playwright, professor emeritus of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi, and founding member of Kumu Kahua, William Dennis Carroll made indelible contributions to the world of Theatre and the Hawaiʻi community. He passed away on November 25, 2021 in Honolulu at the age of 81, survived by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren.

Said Kumu Kahua's Artistic Director and former pupil of Carroll's, Harry Wong III, "While nearly a year has passed since Dennis' death, not a day goes by where his presence isn't felt in the theatre he championed, on the campus he cherished, or in the hearts of the students he served."

A public memorial is being planned for Fall 2022 as the first anniversary of Carroll's passing approaches. Organized through the University of Hawaiʻi with support from Kumu Kahua Theatre, a gathering will be held on the UH at Mānoa campus, where family, friends, colleagues, and a grateful community will collectively celebrate a life that continues to inspire so many. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information and to inquire about the season tickets named in honor of Dennis Carroll, please call 808-536-4441 or visit www.KumuKahua.org. An option will also be available to sign up for the Kumu Kahua newsletter via the website for the latest updates on the memorial service this fall and tributes to Carroll shared by the community.

About Kumu Kahua

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by the NME Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, the Island Insurance Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 and the American Rescue Plan of 2021, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee); The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawaiʻi, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaiian Electric Company, Alexander & Baldwin, The John R Halligan Charitable Fund, Spectrum/Charter Communications, ABC Stores, the Gloria Kosasa Gainsley Fund, Hawaiʻi Public Radio, The Kim Coco Fund for Justice of the Iwamoto Family Foundation, Edric Sakamoto, John Mazur and other foundations, businesses, and loyal patrons.

Photo courtesy of Kumu Kahua Theatre

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