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The Folks You Meet In Longs coming to UH Hilo

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Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center and Performing Arts Department presents four performances of The Folks You Meet In Longs, written by Lee Cataluna and directed by Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson. The performances will be held at the PAC Thursday – Saturday, November 4 – 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 7, at 2 p.m.

In a series of sometimes comic, sometimes somber monologues set inside a Hawai'i Longs Drug Store, Lee Cataluna continues her theatrical exploration of the human condition with an emphasis on local color. Customers and employees alike take turns discussing everything from product purchases to boyfriends and girlfriends, abusive spouses and mortal enemies.

Some two dozen characters, including Verna (Puna's answer to Martha Stewart), Rhondalei Alvarado, “D.J. Stankmaster” Cabingabang, Crazy Auntie Cookie, Officer Wolverton Kahaunaele and Uncle Choochie Nawai, tend inadvertently to reveal their own personalities while discussing the character flaws of others. As character Cheryl Moana Marie Sakata says, “This is my whole life. This is the rest of my life. Zippys, Foodland, Longs.”

Director Jackie Pualani Johnson and the diverse cast of UH Hilo students and community members bring this often poignant, always hilarious script to life. All seating is reserved. Tickets are $10 General, $7 Discount, $5 UH Students/Children, and are available at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office Tuesday- Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., or by calling 974-7310. To order online, visit

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