7:30 PMMay 18, 19, 25 & 26

Arts at Mark's Garage
1159 Nu'uanu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96817-5121

Note: Suitable for children and wheelchair accessible.

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The Yellow Boat

A play dedicated to HIV awareness

Written by David Saar

Directed by Kiki

In life you only get one body, one mind, one chance.

Based on the true story of David Saar's son, The Yellow Boat takes us on Benjamin's life journey from birth to death. Not long after Benjamin's parents learn about his hemophilia, Benjamin contracts HIV through Factor 8, a blood clotting protein also known as anti-hemophiliac factor. Despite his illness, 8 year old Benjamin embraces life with courage, bravery and zeal all through his art! Watch as Kipuka Theater retells Benjamin's story through color, sound and movement!

Join us in bringing Benjamin's story to life. Help us shape The Yellow Boat by joining our forums online OR attend one of our rehearsals! When you come to our show, stay for our post-show discussion and refreshments.

This is a Kipuka Theater project dedicated to a sustainable and collaborative online arts community. Ticket proceeds go to Kipuka Theater and Waikiki Health Center's HIV Support Group.

Produced with special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

The Cast

Benjamin Michael Camacho
Mom Louisa Mosese Te'i
Father D. Tafa'i Silipa
Joy Lily Brennick
Chorus #1 Daniel Nishida
Chorus #2 Eddie-Chevy Martinez
Chorus #3 Cindy Ramirez
Chorus #4 Michelle Hunter

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"The Yellow Boat" cast and the Collaborative Dance Foundatiion together at the Honolulu AIDS Walk. We made so many wonderful new friends!

Kid-friendly play illustrates young boy’s fight with AIDS

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The best artistic works are often the most personal ones, so “The Yellow Boat,” opening this weekend at The ARTS at Marks Garage, has a good chance of being an excellent production. Written by Arizona playwright David Saar, it tells the true story of his son Benjamin, who was born with hemophilia, contracted HIV through a blood transfusion and died at age 8.

“It’s just full of color, and it shows how (Benjamin) deals with and copes with his diagnoses by using art,” said Kiki Rivera, director and co-founder of Kipuka Theater, a new theater company established in January.

Rivera used to work at the Waikiki Health Center as an HIV case manager. “I know for a fact that HIV and AIDS is still rampant and it affects everyone,” she said. “I wanted to educate the public of HIV and how we don’t have to know anyone who has HIV or AIDS … because as long as we’re taxpayers, we’re still affected by it.”

The play, and Saar’s subsequent book about Benjamin, were widely praised when they appeared in the ’90s. “A glorious affirmation of a child’s life, and the strength and courage of all children,” said one review, which lauded Saars for “successfully communicating what AIDS felt like for his son through artistic terms.”

Benjamin, according to the play, excels in all forms of art, from visual art to performance art and dance. “We tried to capture that in our production,” Rivera said.

The play is recommended for children ages 8 and up but is relevant for adults, too. There will be a post-show discussion after each performance.

Where: The ARTS at Marks Garage, 1559 Nuuanu Ave.
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and May 25-26
Cost: $20
Info: kipukatheater.com