PLAYBUILDERS OF HAWAII – PLAY FESTIVAL  2016

April 3-5 @ Kumu Kahua Theatre
46 Merchant Street, Honolulu, HI 96813




Best Play - “Shipment Day” by Lorenzo DeStefano
Best Actress – Kuulei Shafee
Best Actor – William Ha’o

“Speaks to an important chapter in Hawaii?s history. Very poignant.”
“Instantly riveting. A highly relevant, first-person story.”
“So very touched by this presentation. How blessed we were to be introduced to this inspiring lady.”
“Dynamic and well-rounded the characters."
“Touching… Eye-opening.”
“History comes alive. How has a story like this not been told before?”
“Makes far away past be immediately right at our doorstep here and now in all its horrific, moving, tangible, shame-inducing intensity.”
“Very movingly performed. Actors committed to telling this story.”
“Brilliant. Heart-wrenching. I can?t wait to see this play in its 2 hour entirety!”
“Shipment Day is about humans and our treatment of each other, about connection and yearning, loneliness and fear, fulfillment, hate, ignorance. This play has it all. Major standing ovation.”

Kuulei Shafee as Olivia Robello Breitha in "SHIPMENT DAY", a play by Lorenzo DeStefano. Winner "Best Play", "Best Actress", "Best Actor" @ 2016 Playbuilders of Hawai'i New Play Festival. (photo by Raul Soria, Jr.)


Imagine that you have stumbled upon a family secret, a relative in exile that no one has ever spoken of. Intrigued, you meet that relative, a Portuguese cousin, and spend the next seventeen years, until her death, getting to know the circumstances of her life, her struggles and her quiet achievements.



Such was the case when Honolulu-born writer Lorenzo DeStefano learned about his cousin, Olivia Robello Breitha. Diagnosed with leprosy at Kalihi Hospital in 1934 when she was eighteen, Olivia became, until her death in 2006 at the age of 90, parolee #3306 of the Hawai’i State Department of Health.


“SHIPMENT DAY” is set in Honolulu between 1934 and 1937 and covers Olivia's experiences from the day of her diagnosis with leprosy to the day before her shipment to Kalaupapa, the leprosy settlement on Molokai, where she would spend the next seventy years of her life, until her death at the age of 90.


Lorenzo is excited to bring Olivia’s story back home and will be directing this production in collaboration with local actors.

Performance day & time will soon be posted on https://www.facebook.com/shipmentday/?fref=ts, www.shipmentdayplay.com, and at www.playbuilders.org.


The new edition of Olivia’s deeply moving autobiography, “Olivia-My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa”,
in print since 1988, will be published in Spring 2016 by Pacific Historic Parks in Honolulu (www.pacifichistoricparks.org). An Audio Book is also planned.


In addition to his extensive work as a photographer, writer and filmmaker, Lorenzo DeStefano’s plays include “Shipment Day”, developed at the Road Theatrre Company in Los Angeles,
Providence”, from the screenplay by David Mercer, and “Camera Obscura”, from the 17 million word “Inman Diary”.
Developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, “Camera Obscura” received its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre, both productions directed by Sir Jonathan Miller.

Theater directing includes “Shipment Day”, the 25th anniversary production of William Inge’s “Natural Affection”, for which Lorenzo received an L.A. Drama-Logue Award,
Horton Foote’s “The One-Armed Man”, the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s “Conversations With The Spanish Lady”,
and the world premiere of “Twisted Twain”, a one-man show by Bill Erwin.







Shipment Day : A play by Lorenzo DeStefano


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