Yilong Liu’s Critically Acclaimed Play Joker Comes to Kumu Kahua Theatre


Aiko Chinen Yilong Liu’s Joker

Photos by Denise Di Guzman

WHAT: Yilong Liu’s: Joker 

WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street

WHEN: August 27 – September 27, 2015 (see schedule below)

COST: $5.00-$20.00

INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org

HONOLULU, HI—Originally produced at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre last December, the award winning script for Joker was written by UH Mānoa MFA candidate Yilong Liu. The play was recognized twice by the Hawai‘i State Theatre Council, receiving Po’okela awards for Best Actor – Jason Kanda – and a special adjudicator award for Original Script.

Now produced at Kumu Kahua Theatre, the cast contains two actors from the original production: Jason Kanda and Denise Aiko Chinen. The other two cast members are: Jim Aina, returning after a successful run at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Shoyu on Rice, and Randall Gallius Jr., who appeared in and was recognized with a Po’okela award for his performance in My Name is Gary Cooper at Kumu Kahua Theatre.

Set around the fight for marriage equality in Hawai‘i, one man’s “normal” simple life unravels as a promise kept is threatened by a visit of a man from his past.

Joe is unable to let go of a lover who has passed away, which negatively affects his current relationships. He begins to harbor resentment and becomes a man who causes pain not only to himself, but to all those close to him.

Love, secrets and betrayal abound in this realistic look into lives touched by fear of exposing one man’s love for another.

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-$20.

Jim Aina Yilong Liu’s Joker

Show Dates:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: August 27, 28, 29, September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 2015

Sundays 2pm:
August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015


Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai‘i 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 by the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu; the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts; The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, 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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