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Improv with Jonathan Pitts and Friends

A night of comedy to benefit Garrick Paikai!


June 22, 171 Hamakua Dr

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Coming up next: we, the invisibles

To be performed in the Paul & Vi Loo Theatre, HPU Windward Campus

August 2 - 11

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2019 - 2020 Season Announced

Kailua Onstage Arts celebrates an amazing first year by upping the ante for Year 2! We'll be bringing you 8, count 'em, 8 full productions, plus a slate of readings and Dark Night shows. Check out the season and subscribe!

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ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF WE, THE INVISIBLES

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Written by Susan Soon He Stanton

Directed by: Kevin Keaveney


Kailua Onstage Arts (KOA) will present we, the invisibles at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre on the HPU WINDWARD campus, August 2 - 11.

Announcing the cast of we, the invisibles

Susan - Therese Olival

Nafissatou Diallo - Allison E Francis


The Ensemble:
#3 - Garrett Hols
#4 - Jason Lee Hoy
#5 - Danielle Zalopany
#6 - Stacey Pulmano
#7 - Noah Faumuina
#8 - Pedro Haro-Siruno
#9 - Monica Bennett

About the Show

Susan is a playwright working a survival job at a luxury hotel. Stirred by a controversial case in which a West African maid’s accusation against a powerful man is dismissed, she starts interviewing her fellow employees who have come to America from all over the world. She feels compelled to give voice to other hotel workers’ rarely heard stories—but as her investigation deepens, this documentary project becomes an unexpectedly personal journey. 


Funny, poignant, and brutally honest, "we, the invisibles" explores the complicated relationship between the movers and shakers and the people who change their sheets.

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August 2nd through August 11th

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm

Sundays at 4pm 


Performances will be held at the

HPU Windward Campus

Paul and Vi Loo Theatre

45-045 Kamehameha Hwy

Kaneohe, HI 96744

*please do not go to KOA Theater in Kailua


$30 General

$25 Senior

$20 student/ military

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Acclaim for the Humana Festival Production

"... manages to really convey one of the most important concepts in social justice and the #MeToo movement. It shows us the emotional cost of living with constant unaddressed micro-aggressions is real — and devastating." - Insider Louisville


“...Incredible - painful, funny, and beautifully forthright. The blend between documentary and theatrical performance is mesmerizing and the wide variety of stories and experiences that are contained in a single play is the stuff of brilliance... It continues to resonate with me everyday, especially in discussions of immigration and the #MeToo movement.” - Gina Musto


...Blisteringly powerful. This is a play about how and why people emigrate to America; this is a play about how those in power use and abuse those they feel are invisible and discardable; this is a play about a playwright willing to put herself front and center alongside her friends, her fellow victims, and her insecurities. Highly recommend.” - Cassandra Rose


Winner, Leah Ryan FEWW Prize, Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers, 2017


Selected for The List by The Kilroys, 2017, an annual compendium of excellent un- and under-produced plays by women, trans, and non-binary playwrights. 


Finalist, National Playwrights Conf. Finalist, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, 2017

About the Playwright

SUSAN SOON HE STANTON

Susan Soon He Stanton is a playwright, television writer, and screenwriter in New York, originally from the consonant-free town of Aiea, Hawai‘i.


we, the invisibles premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival and she has developed plays at theaters including Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Yellow Earth, Joe’s Pub, McCarter Theatre, Kumu Kahua and others.


She is an inaugural recipient of the Venturous Playwrights Fellowship with the Lark, and an inaugural recipient of the Lark’s Van Lier Fellowship. She is a two-time Sundance Institute’s Theater Lab Resident Playwright.  


Awards and honors include Kilroys’ List 2015, 2016, 2017, Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize Runner-up, Susan Glaspell Prize Finalist, a Susan Smith Blackburn nomination, Po’okela Award for best new play, and a NET Partnership Grant with Satori Group. From Kumu Kahua Theatre, she has received four playwriting awards, Hawai’i Prize (2x) and Resident Prize (2x).


Commissions from theaters include Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater/Crowded Fire, South Coast Repertory, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theater, Live Source, New Sounds Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, Second Generation, and others. She has worked as a writing consultant for Disney Theatrical Entertainment and Disney Creative Entertainment.


She received a Feature Film Development Grant and Screenwriting Award from the Sloan Foundation, and a Leviathan Lab Film Production Grant. Films include Bushwick Beats, Dress (winner of 2014 Hawai‘i International Film Festival Audience Award), Dispatched, Good House, and Same Will


Susan holds a BFA from NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing program and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, where she received the Audrey Woods Fellowship and the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Scholarship.


She works as a staff writer for the TV series Succession on HBO.

Improv with Jonathan Pitts and Friends

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June 22, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

At Kailua Onstage Arts, 171 Hamkaua Dr in Kailua

Tickets:  $10 (portion of the proceeds will go to help support Garrick Paikai)

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About the Show

Join famed Chicago improviser Jonathan Pitts and a group of his Oahu friends for a hilarious night of improv in Kailua!  Pitts will present the Honolulu debut of ‘The Marty,’ a fun and entertaining improv show that features Jonathan and 15 of Oahu’s top improvisers in a wide variety of short scenes, from hilarious to heartbreaking.  Partial proceeds go to support beloved local improviser Garrick Paikai and his family as he recovers from a stroke, so come to laugh and support a good cause!

About Jonathan Pitts

Jonathan Pitts is a Chicago based award-winning international improv artist who has taught and

performed in 18 countries and across the US. He’;s also the executive director of Chicago Improv Productions; co-founder of the Chicago Improv Festival, which he produced for 20 years; creator of the College Improv Tournament, which he produced for 10 years, and creator of Storybox, which he’s done in 14 cities and 7 countries. He’s played in over 1,250 improvised shows of almost every style, form and format. He taught at The Second City for 16 years and he’s a contributing writer to their book on improv.

 

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