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Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents  Dead of Night by Edward Sakamoto

Brandon Hagio, Randall Galius Jr
photo by Raul Soria

WHAT: Dead of Night by Edward Sakamoto

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street

WHEN: May 24-June 24, 2018

COST: $5-$25; Ticket information below

INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org

EVENT: Free talk-story following the production on Friday June 1.

HONOLULU, HI—Kumu Kahua Theatre proudly presents Edward Sakamotoʻs Dead of Night, directed by Taurie Kinoshita, running May 24-June 24, 2018.

Edward Sakamoto has a “way of making his characters unique yet recognizable to anyone who has lived in Hawaii for a length of time.  You can see your auntie or someone you work with in those characters” says Artistic Director Harry Wong III. He goes on to say that the characters are “uniquely from Hawaii, yet identifiable archetypes that we can relate to”.

Edward Sakamotoʻs dynamic style of writing spans genres including the fan-favorite comedy Aloha Las Vegas and this suspenseful thriller, Dead of Night. Taking place in pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families. The men decide to violently pressure their company’s boss to meet the union’s demands.

When money is always the bottom line, can idealism and friendship ever win?

This production contains adult language and themes.

The play runs: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: May 24, 25, 26, 31; June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2018

Sundays 2pm: May 27; June 3, 10, 17, *24, 2018

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request
Following the performance on Friday, June 1st there will be a free talk story.  Sponsored by Hawaiian Electric Company, these talk stories are offered on the 2nd Friday of each production run and include an opportunity to gain behind the scenes insight from the director, cast and playwright (when available).

Hometowns of the Cast of Dead of Night:

Brandon Hagio, Mililani, HI; Berkley Spivey, Honolulu, HI;  Johnathan Young, Kailua, HI; Michelle Umipeg, Honolulu, HI; Tyler Tanabe, Honolulu, HI; Randall Gallius Jr, Pearl City, HI; William Haʻo, Honolulu, HI.

Tickets for performances can be purchased with a credit card by calling 536-4441, or by visiting the box office at 46 Merchant Street (corner of Bethel and Merchant Streets, downtown) between 11am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at KumuKahua.org.

Ticket prices are $5-$25.

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawaii 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 The Hawaii Tourism Authority, The Hawaii Community Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawaii, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation, The Atherton Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star-Advertiser and other foundations, businesses and patrons.

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