Kumu Kahua Theatre Hosts DRAW THE LINE 2/17


To help fund the operation of Kumu Kahua Theatre's 41st season, Hawai'i artists are putting their support on paper, with the fundraising event Draw the Line.

Eight artists will be on the theater lanai, creating visual art pieces live for almost two hours. Those pieces will be rendered using pen, ink, crayons, graphite and gouache. Volunteers will hang the works as they are completed-and those works will be immediately available for purchase. All pieces will cost only $20.

There will be food and wine available for purchase and live music will be provided by Stephanie Keiko Kong, accompanied by guitar, on the Kumu Kahua lanai. Draw the Line will be followed by an 8 p.m. performance of Kumu Kahua's current production of Lois-Ann Yamanaka's Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre.

All art purchases will be accompanied by a coupon for discounted professional framing at Robyn Buntin of Honolulu.

Among the talented artists creating pieces to support Kumu Kahua are Solomon Enos, Ryan Higa, Jon J. Murakami, Aaron Padilla, Cade Roster, and Mike Watanabe.

Forty-one-year-old Kumu Kahua is the only theater group in the state that nurtures local playwrights, offering them a sounding board and venue, and telling Hawai'i's story through plays about these islands, its people, its cultures and contemporary life. Without Kumu Kahua, seminal works about Hawai'i by Hawai'i playwrights-such as Lee Cataluna's Folks You Meet in Longs and Edward Sakamoto's Aloha Las Vegas-would not have made it to the stage, and into people's hearts. Founded in the early 1970s by University of Hawai'i graduate students, Kumu Kahua has gained national and international recognition for its regional program.

With more than 200 plays to its credit, the theater's artistic and technical experience attracts some of Hawai'i's most talented playwrights, actors, directors, designers and other theater artists. The audience at Kumu Kahua is treated to the unique experience of hearing their voice on stage and seeing their lives unfold in the action of the play.

Kumu Kahua productions are made possible with support from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, celebrating more than 30 years of culture and the arts in Hawai'i, and the National Endowment for the Arts; The Annenberg Foundation; Paid for in part by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts; and foundations, businesses and patrons.

WHEN: Feb. 17, 2012, 6-7:45 p.m.

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St. at Bethel Street

INFO: 536-4226, kumukahua.wordpress.com

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