As many of you know by now, Covid-19 put the kibosh on our Hamakua Drive performance space of three years, and we whiled away our pandemic social distance time by mounting a full season of productions in a covered parking lot. We had great fun, and hundreds of people came out to experience "drive-in theatre," but that parking lot, as big as it was, could not contain our ambitions!
We loved our Kailua home, and indeed we planted our theater there from the beginning to entertain what we felt was an underserved audience on the Windward side, but sadly, the very few spaces on the Windward side that would have been big enough to house our theater were not zoned correctly for a place of assembly.
And so we are thrilled to finally announce our new permanent home, at 780 S. Beretania St., in Honolulu! For all our Windwardside fans, we are conveniently located just over the Pali, and for all our townside friends who felt Kailua was just too remote, well we've removed that excuse for ya! Our new space is three times the size of our old one, which will help us to realize several goals: more ambitious staging, larger casts, and a smaller secondary venue to present stand-up, improv, music, storytellling... you name it!
We will announce a formal fundraising campaign soon specific to our intended renovations, but if you are interested in helping us through our first few months before we start to transform this shell of a building into a true performing arts center, please follow the link below!
Kailua Onstage Arts is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Kailua Onstage Arts must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
An evening of theater unlike anything you've ever seen! An Oak Tree is a darkly comic and moving play about loss, the power of suggestion, and the magic of the mind. A parent loses a child, a stage hypnotist loses his mojo, nothing is what it is. It’s like they’re in a play – but they don’t know the words. KOA founder Kevin Keaveney is joined by a new actor each night, who walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in… until they’re in it.
A breathtaking performance exploring a unique relationship – between a hypnotist and his subject, between one actor and another, and between an audience and the play itself.
Fridays & Saturdays, Aug 6, 7, 13, 14, and 21 at 7pm
Sundays, Aug 8, 15, and 22 at 3:30pm
Thursday Aug 19 at 7pm (No Show Fri Aug 20)
An Oak Tree is a darkly comic and moving play about loss, the power of suggestion, and the magic of the mind. A parent loses a child, a stage hypnotist loses his mojo, nothing is what it is. It’s like they’re in a play – but they don’t know the words.
KOA founder Kevin Keaveney is joined by a new actor each night, who walks on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in… until they’re in it. A breathtaking performance exploring a unique relationship – between a hypnotist and his subject, between one actor and another, and between an audience and the play itself.
Each night begins with a 30 min. opening act of music played by a different local musician, and is followed by An Oak Tree, which features a different guest actor each night (see lineup of guest artists below). Each performance will be followed by a talkback in which we encourage both our guest actor and the audience to share their reflections on the experience.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00
Sundays at 3:30
NO SHOW FRIDAY AUG 20
SHOW ADDED THURSDAY AUG 19 at 7:00
100 minutes total running time
Opening music act - 30 mins
An Oak Tree - 70 mins
Performance followed by a talkback, stay for as much or as little as you like!
Fri. Aug. 6 - 7pm music by Dhevhan Keith, 7:30pm guest actor Adam LeFebvre
Sat. Aug. 7 - 7pm music by Noah Faumuina, 7:30pm guest actor Jeff Gere
Sun. Aug. 8 - 3:30pm music by Brodie Kinder, 4pm guest actor Albert Ueligitone
Fri. Aug. 13 - 7pm music by Noah Faumuina, 7:30pm guest actor James Duggins
Sat. Aug. 14 - 7pm music by Oil in the Alley, 7:30pm guest actor Katie Doyle
Sun. Aug. 15 - 3:30pm music by Oil in the Alley, 4pm guest actor Lurana O'Malley
Thurs. Aug 19 - 7pm music by Andy Dewald & Phillip Foster, 7:30pm guest actor Shervelle Bergholz
NO SHOW FRIDAY AUG 20
Sat. Aug. 21 - 7pm music by Noah Faumuina, 7:30pm guest actor Jason Kanda
Sun. Aug 22 - 3:30pm music by Guy James, 4pm guest actor Ahnya Chang
UPDATED Covid-19 Protocol
Free parking is available at the underground municipal lot at the corner of Beretania and Alapai, one block Ewa of the theater, or on any number of side streets in the area
On The Guardian's List of The 50 Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century
"A play about theatre, a magic trick, a laugh and a vivid experience of grief, and it spoils you for a while for other plays" - Caryl Churchill, playwright
"Tim Crouch’s two-hander about bereavement – in which half the cast haven’t seen the play – circles elegantly around ideas of reality, certainty and even time" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"I often think of theatre as a magician’s trick: we delight in the transformations, but we want to know the secrets of how it’s done. The real magic comes from knowing that it’s not magic at all." - Catherine Love, Exeunt Magazine
"There are moments in Tim Crouch’s ‘An Oak Tree’ that’ll make your stomach twist and your heart race. There are also moments which will make your bum squirm and your heart freeze over." - Miriam Gillinson, Sketches on Theatre
"An un-missable piece of experimental theatre, in which the blurred boundaries of both theatre and acting are pushed to their limit in this intricate story of loss and suggestion." - Charlotte Collins, About Time Magazine
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