Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at PAC

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Date: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Department presents Joe Turner’s Come and Gone by African American playwright August Wilson on November 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m.

The play takes place in Pittsburgh in 1911 where people in a boarding house come to the city searching for lost loved ones, trying to hold down jobs, all “looking for their song.”

The production is directed by Ken Elliott, an actor and director from Los Angeles who settled on Hawaiʻi Island after appearing in Jason Scott Lee’s Burn This at Pu Mu in Volcano.

As Elliott notes, “this gripping drama explores the African-American experience of living in times of slavery with unknown circumstances, exploring social structures, racism, migration, self-identification, spirituality, blood lines, and how we make personal choices that we hope enhance our lives.”

Wilson’s play includes an ensemble of characters comprised of UH Hilo students and talent from the community: Michele Dalthon and Sharon Purnell as the boarding house owners, Bertha & Seth Holly; Raymond Johnson as Bynum Walker, a conjure man; the people finder, Rutherford Selig, portrayed by Mark Lewis; Terrence Bryant as Jeremy Furlow, a guitar-wielding worker; Leah Wilson as Mattie Campbell, a woman looking for her lost love; Zadhi Folley-Regusters as Molly, a woman simply looking for love; Justin Chittams as Herald Loomis, who, along with his daughter, Zonia (portrayed by Hali Prince), have traveled wide searching for his wife; Beckie Marshall is the wife, Martha Pentecost; and Soloman Shumate, who creates the neighbor, Reuben.

Tickets are general admission and priced at $12 General, $7 Discount and $5 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at

For further information, contact Jackie Pualani Johnson at 974-7304 or

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