WHO/WHAT: The 44th season of Kumu Kahua Theatre opens with Scot Izuka’s “Shoyu on Rice.” The play is directed by Reiko Ho and is the anticipated sequel to Izuka’s show, “Mainland Education,” produced by Kumu Kahua Theatre in 2009.

In the mid-1980s, boys attending a Catholic all-boys high school deal with their use of pidgin English when a substitute teacher from Kansas takes over their classroom. Meanwhile, the substitute struggles to learn local ways in both the classroom and the home of her Japanese-American fiancé’s parents.

“While much has changed in the last thirty years, the desire to fit in and be understood has not,” says Ho. “I watch my teenaged son navigate the pull of peer pressure just like the characters in our play. Everyone wants to be validated and accepted, and like our characters learn, sometimes validation starts when we learn to accept ourselves for exactly who we are.”

WHEN/WHERE: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., through Sept. 21.

COST: $5-$20. For information or to purchase tickets, call 536-4441 or visit kumukahua.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the box office at 46 Merchant St. (corner of Bethel and Merchant streets, downtown) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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