Ko'olau: a true story of Kaua'i

directed by Tom Lee

Yoko Myoi & Pilani puppet (Photo by David Soll) 

"Ko'olau," designed and directed by Tom Lee (www.tomleeprojects.com), is an intimate and inventive puppet performance based on a now-legendary story of Hawai'i in the 1890s. The title character, Kaluaiko'olau (hereafter Ko'olau), hides with his wife and son in the Kalalau Valley of Kauai as he tries to elude the sheriff's men and escape deportation to a leper colony. The story captures both a fundamental struggle for personal freedom and the triumph of unconditional love in the most difficult circumstances. Tom Lee addresses these powerful themes with puppetry that evokes the poetry of the Hawaiian language and the natural environment of the islands. His production utilizes raw, handcarved puppets in the kuruma ningyo style (wheeled puppet theater of Japan--unusual to see in New York) and live shadow and video projection inspired by Hawaiian woodcut carving.

Performances: 

 9/18/2008 at 10:00pm
 9/19/2008 at 10:00pm
 9/20/2008 at 10:00pm
 9/21/2008 at 5:30pm
 9/26/2008 at 10:00pm
 9/27/2008 at 10:00pm
 9/28/2008 at 5:30pm
 10/3/2008 at 10:00pm
 10/4/2008 at 10:00pm
 10/5/2008 at 5:30pm

Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
Website for reservations www.lamama.org  
Running time 0hr. 50min. 

 

Producing Organization: LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club  
Website www.lamama.org  
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