Kumu Kahua Theatre Presents a World Premiere by Fan-Favorite Actor and Director, William Kahele

Kumu Kahua Living Room

Production Photos by Raul Soria

WHAT: Living Room by William Kahele
WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street
WHEN: January 18 – February 18, 2018
COST: $5-$25; Ticket information below
INFO: 536-4441, kumukahua.org
EVENT: Free talk-story following the production on Friday January 26.

HONOLULU, HI—Kumu Kahua Theatre proudly presents the world premiere of Living Room by William (Wil) Kahele.  This thoughtful comedy is also Kahele’s world premiere as a playwright.

Eli’s family and friends are well-meaning, but they won’t leave him alone as he wrestles with his troubled past and uncertain future.  Millie, Rose, Fannie and Junior haunt Eli with their concerns until they nearly drive him crazy.  Eli’s indomitable sense of humor and a handsome stranger may be his saving grace in this comedy about the drama one local man faces alone in a crowded room.

This play is a semi-autobiographical piece that was written by Kahele as a result of beginning and advanced playwriting classes offered at Kumu Kahua Theatre by Tammy Haili‘opua Baker.

Wil Kahele says “My grandmother told me a lot of stories when I was growing up. She made me believe anything was possible. My other grandmother was a bit more practical and tried to enforce the attributes of hard work. I learned from both of these strong women that there are positives and negatives in their perspectives of child rearing, and I survived them, but not without some bumps and bruises along the way.”

The play is a thoughtful comedy that contains some adult themes and language.


Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: January 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2018
Sundays 2pm: January 21, 28; February 11, *18, 2018

*American Sign Language Interpretation upon request

(No show Super Bowl Sunday, February 4)

Following the performance on Friday, January 26th there will be a free talk story.  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 Living Room:

Ricky Cardenas – Mililani, Daryl Bonilla – Kapolei, Aimee Nelson – Honolulu, Aaron Miko – Honolulu, Kahana Ho – Honolulu, Natalie Dawn – Kailua, Will Ha‘o – Honolulu.

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 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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