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Pictured: Marie Tredway
Nothing Without a Company has announced the casting for NOT ONE BATU, written by Co-Artistic Director Hannah Ii-Epstein and directed by Rachel Slavick, in partnership with cultural specialist Lanialoha Lee and the Aloha Center Chicago.
The company says that NOT ONE BATU is the first full-length Hawaiian Pidgin-English play to be produced in Chicago. It’s centered around the meth epidemic in Hawai’i (“batu” means methamphetamine) and was the 2016 winner of 6 Hawai’i State Theatre Council Po’okela Awards, including Overall Play Guest Artist (Non-Hawaii Resident) recipient Hannah Ii-Epstein and Featured Female in a Play recipient Lelea’e “Buffy” Kahalepuna-Wong, who will be flown in from Hawai’i to reprise her role as Ma.
The cast also features Marie Tredway, Scott Hanada, Bobby Wilhelmson, Jae K. Renfrow, Gloria Alvarez, Tony Rossi, Ian Voltaire Deanes and Heather Jencks.
NOT ONE BATU plays June 22–July 21st. More information is available at NothingWithoutaCompany.org.