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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 25, 2010

'Appalachia Hawaii' merges military and local families on stage

Advertiser Staff

Earle Ernst Lab Theatre’s current production, “Appalachia Hawaii,” explores cultural differences and family values as teenage pregnancy brings together a local Pearl City family and a military family with Appalachian roots living in Hawaii Kai.

The play, presented by the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Department of Theatre and Dance, was written as UH graduate student Terri Large Madden’s thesis and is loosely based on Madden’s own experiences when her family moved to Hawaii in the 1970s.

Actresses Jo Pruden and Jodie A. Yamada anchor the cast as grandmothers with the ability to speak beyond the grave. Together, they weave together stories of the De Souza and the Stanley families as they tell their unseen granddaughter the story of her birth.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tomorrow's performance includes a post-show rap. Tickets are $15 general; $14 for seniors, military and UH faculty and staff; $12 for students and $5 for UH-Manoa students with validated ID. For more information, call the Kennedy Theatre Box Office at 956-7655.