World premiere of The Cocktail Party

The play by Oshiro Tatsuhiro based on his Akutagawa Prize–winning book will have its world premiere in Hawai‘i. There will be two performances in October: the first at the Hawai‘i Okinawa Center (in Waipio) and the second at Orvis Auditorium (on the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa campus).

This is the third in a series of events MANOA Journal has produced with the Manoa Readers/Theatre Ensemble and UHM Outreach College. Other sponsors include the UHM Center for Okinawan Studies, the University of Hawai‘i Japan Studies Endowment, and the Manoa Foundation. Sponsor of the HOC performance is the Hawai‘i United Okinawan Association.

The UHM event will include a panel discussion of the humanities issues in the play. This portion of the project is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities with support from the “We the People” initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Oshiro will be participating, along with Frank Stewart and Katsunori Yamazato, the editors of Living Spirit.

We’ll post more information on this wonderful event as we get closer to the performance dates.

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