The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance is set to open a new theater event, A House Divided, during October 19-22, according to a Kennedy Theater press release.
Written and directed by MFA Directing candidate Kevin C. K. Berg, this event thrusts the audience into the story. Using a bilingual script of English and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, this event deals with the subjects of Hawaiian sovereignty, self-determination, and domestic terrorism.
The setting takes place in a fundraising gala, ten years in the future which is hosted by the U.S.- backed Provisional Hawaiian Government. The audience are attendees of the gala, with roles such as dignitaries and representatives. Tensions rise as The United and Sovereign Nation of Hawai‘i (USNH) crashes the gala. Eventually one armed person, takes the whole gala hostage.
“I’m Native Hawaiian, but I’m also diaspora...I see a lot of division and I wonder how much thought is given to bracing our children against an unknown and dangerous future. I hope...to spark some more conversation about that future and the steps we should take for those who will follow,” Kevin C. K. Berg said in the press release.
Performances will take place October 19-22 at 7:30 p.m. and October 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre. This piece may not be suitable for all audiences as it includes strong language and simulated violence. All audience members will be informed that it is not a true hostage situation.