This debut play by Hawaiian playwright Kiki presents a voice of a community not often heard from in the Nesian world or even in the Pacific theatre world – that of the Nesian lesbian voice. It explores the relationships between the story’s main character, Mele, and her family, friends and lovers as she grapples with and comes out about her gayness (lesbianess, fa’akamaness?).
Although the story was written in a Hawai’i context it has been reshaped and refined for a New Zealand audience by award winning ‘Black Faggot’ writer Victor Roger and the F.C.C. (Puzzy being the second production by the group since their play ‘Club Paradiso’ (June 2015)). It is also directed by well-known and experienced actor/director Anapela Polataivao.
It’s on at Auckland’s Basement Theatre (9-13 Feb 2016) and stars ‘Shortland Street’ (TVNZ) sweetheart (though not so sweet in this production) Frankie Adams in her very first theatrical appearance. This play also stars Nora Aati, who has captivated audiences on stage in a number of productions (notably, My Name is Gary Cooper, also by Victor Roger) and two PIPA (Pacific Institute of Performing Arts) graduates in Gaby Solomona and Malia ‘Ahovelo (who also is new to the professional stage).
This is for a mature audience but is a fun look at the Nesian lesbian experience; matching-up church and life expectations; family obligations; and finding love in the modern age.
The play is produced by Lydia Zanneti (a regular face in the Auckland dance, stage and Basement Theatre scene) and the F.C.C.
See more at TheCoconet.tv item on the play.