PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company Auditions for “Fostering Ohana”

Chinatown, Hawaii- The ARTS at Marks Garage, Sundays, January 22, and January 29th, 6:00-9:00 PM. 

PlayBuilders of Hawaiʻi Theater Company is holding auditions for Fostering Ohana written by Terri Madden in collaboration with Hawaii's Foster Care Community, with music by Apu Turano and Layla Kilolu (rap lyrics by Michelle Martin) at the ARTS at Marks Garage, January 22 and 29th from 6 to 9 pm. Please come prepared to move, and to sing a song you are comfortable with. You will be singing a cappella, so do not bring sheet music. Directed by William Haʻo,Fostering Ohana is about a young girl named Tara who is removed from her biological mother at the age of 4, and spends much of her childhood running from place to place, searching for family, only to find that, in the end, only she holds the key to forgiveness which ultimately allows her to form a stable family of her own. The play is based on stories shared by the foster care community during story circles and individual interviews conducted by Madden with the PlayBuilders Ensemble from January to December of 2016.  PlayBuilders appreciates the help and assistance we have received from Alan Castillo of Hui Hoʻomalu, Partners in Development, Vernon Viernes of Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center, Judith Wilhoite of Family Programs Hawaiʻi, and Ria Kremenar of Catholic Charities Hawaii, who are also members of the Foster Care Training Committee. Other helpful community partners for this project include The Department of Human Services, Epic Ohana, Hale Kipa, Epic Foundation, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, and The ARTS at Marks Garage. This project would not be possible without The Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, and The Hawaii People’s Fund. Chinatown Soup also provided additional funding, and individual donations provided by private donors and members of PlayBuilders’ Board of Directors. 

Director, William Haʻo, has been a professional actor for over twenty five years. Based in New York City, he has performed for many of NYCs’ theater companies and has toured in almost every state of the Union, with performances also in Vancouver, Canada, and Athens, Greece. His work includes various voiceovers for documentaries. He narrated the award-winning documentary On the Move: The Central Ballet of China. Since returning home he has performed with Loʻi Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, and the Oral History Department at UHM. For Hawaii Mission Houses (HMH), Will has directed Twelf Nite O' WatevaThe TempestTwo Gentlemen Of Verona for their outdoor summer shows. He also directs their popular Cemetery Pupu Theater series. He also performed at The Hawaii Theater in Eddie Wen Go, The Story of the Upside Down Canoe by Marion Lyman-Mersereau.

Community Collaborative playwright, Terri Madden, holds an MFA in Theatre (Playwriting focus) from UH, and has lived (on and off ) in Honolulu since 1973, when her Army officer father was transferred here.   Plays she has written include Clinchco, The Day After Payday (2008 and 2010, Resident Playwright, Ralph Stanly Traditional Mountain Music Center, Clintwood VA), Appalachia, Hawaii (Earl Ernst Theatre, University of Hawai), and the following PlayBuilders’ productions: Wahiawa, Remembah Wen (2011), Yes, I Am, Stories from Honolulu’s LGBT Community, devised with Ronald Gilliam and Kahana Ho (2012), and Yes, I am Leeward Edition,devised with Ronald Gilliam and Kahana Ho ((2013 ).  For PlayBuilders, Terri also produced Someone Else’s Slippahs, Chinatown (2011),Houseless in Paradise (2013-2014), and The Waipahu Project (2015). A 45-year theatre veteran, Terri is a recipient of Lisa Toshigawa Inouye Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and is a multiple Po’okela Award winning actress for performances in both straight plays and musicals. For the 2013-2014 season, Terri was acknowledged by the Hawaii State Theatre Council with a Po’okela Award for directing “Houseless in Paradise” which was also selected as “Overall Play.”

Performances of “Fostering Ohana” will begin in April at The ARTS at Marks Garage, Hawaii Pacific University, and other locations, as the play will tour Oahu and the outer islands. The preliminary schedule will be shared at auditions. Both experienced actors and people who have never performed before are welcome to audition. We are especially interested in people from the Foster Care community who would like to participate in the play.

PlayBuilders’ mission is, “to gather and share real stories that resonate with, empower, and connect individuals throughout the culturally rich and diverse communities of Hawaiʻi.” PlayBuilders prides itself for being a multi-ethnic ensemble of experienced theatre makers who help Hawaii's communities explore their identity, history, peoples and cultures through theater. As Founder and Executive Director, Terri Madden notes: “Our original works are based on shared stories, and feature community members performing alongside our experienced actors. PlayBuilders' productions are presented in places meaningful to community members and the public is invited to attend, thus providing connections of understanding and friendship between all of Hawaii's people.