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Kennedy Theatre: 2016 preview

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Kennedy Theater

This school semester, Kennedy Theatre will compel its audience to travel, both mentally and physically. The productions will explore stories, traditions and settings from around the world and locations around the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. 

The historic Kennedy Theatre, designed by architect I.M. Pei and first opened in 1963, is scheduled to undergo repair and renovation within the next year. As a result, several of its productions will move beyond the theater’s physical walls. Many of these locations have yet to be announced. 

Tickets for UHM students are discounted to $8 for Mainstage and Primetime shows and $5 for Late Night Theatre shows. A validated student ID must be presented upon purchase.

Main Stage Series

Antigone

Sophocles’ “Antigone” follows the daughter of late Theban King Oedipus after a civil war. Antigone demands the proper burial rights for her brother, illustrating a conflict between legal and moral conviction. Adapted by Greg Banks and directed by Mark Branner, this Greek tragedy will be performed outdoors with viewers seated on a lawn.

Showtimes

Sept. 16 and 23 at 5 p.m.

Sept. 17, 24 and 25 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  

Ticket price

$8 to $18

MemoryHouse: Dreams

This concert, directed by Kara Miller and Amy Schiffner, will feature hula, Balinese dance and contemporary dance styles further enhanced by projection-scapes and video. In addition to the live show, UHM student performers and the Academy for Creative Media have collaborated with filmmakers and performance artists from Indonesia and other parts of the U.S. and Pacific to bring its audience an original dance film.

Showtimes

TBA (November) 

Ticket price

$8 to $25


Late Night Series

24-Hour Play Festival

In this festival, playwrights, actors and directors will be challenged to produce a collection of new plays within a 24-hour time frame. The newly created works will be performed the evening of Oct. 8. Exact times have not yet been confirmed. 

Showtimes

TBA (Oct. 7 to Oct. 8) 

Ticket price

$5 to $10

The Thin Man on the Ladder

Directed and devised by Nathaniel Niemi and Aubrey Watkins, “The Thin Man on the Ladder” will be the second Late Night Theatre production this coming school year. (Plot synopsis to be released.)

Showtimes

TBA (Nov. 17 to 20) 

Ticket price

$5 to $10


Primetime Series

A House Divided

Written by Kevin C.K. Berg, a Master of Fine Arts Directing candidate, “A House Divided” will take us 10 years into the future. Its audience will be confronted with corporate terrorism, consumerism and the question of Hawaiian sovereignty amongst other issues. 

Showtimes

Oct. 19 to Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. 

Special event

Post-Show Rap on Oct. 21 

Ticket price

$8 to $18