Registration underway for “Hotel Street:” Inside and Out

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Date: Monday, October 6, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawai`i at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) is now accepting registration for a special short workshop entitled: “Hotel Street:” Inside and Out. The course, to be taught collaboratively by three different instructors, will run prior to the opening of “Hotel Street” on November 7th at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Performing Arts Center.

“Hotel Street:” Inside and Out is like a behind the scenes tour that takes you beyond the fiction of Hotel Street and gives you a better understanding of what it was like for many of the prostitutes or comfort women during an era of great conflict and upheaval,”said CCECS Interim Dean Dr. April Komenaka Scazzola. “By enrolling in this course, students will develop newfound perspectives and a deeper appreciation and understanding of this time period.”

The first class, conducted by English and Women’s Studies Instructor Kirsten Mollegaard, will focus on the role of “comfort women”, a term used by the Japanese army to describe the estimated 50,000-200,000 women and girls forced to serve as sex slaves in military brothels during World War II. Students will view documentary footage of testimonies given by Korean comfort women and discuss Nora Okja Keller’s novel "Comfort Woman."

Jeri Gertz draws from her background in domestic violence and abuse in the second installment which focuses on gender, power, sexuality and the development of male and female sexual culture. Students will participate in interactive exercises to broaden their understanding of how culture delivers messages to its men and women about their sexual roles.

The third class will concentrate on the play itself and what it takes to transform a production from the page to the stage. Play director and UH Hilo Drama Professor Jackie Johnson will provide students a unique, behind the scenes look at the production prior to its opening, by sharing her insights on the challenges of staging Anthony Oliver’s play, creating a 1940’s Honolulu set, and the transformations the cast must undergo to assume the role of their characters.

All three instructors will be on hand at the final class after the play closes to answer questions and provide additional insights. All classes will be held in the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Performing Arts Center Green Room on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. beginning October 20. Cost is $35. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members get a $5 discount. For more information and to register, please call CCECS at (808) 974-7664. Space is limited.

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