East West Players continues its 41st anniversary season with I Land, a solo performance written and performed by Keo Woolford and directed by Roberta Uno. Support for this production is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players.
At once hilarious, defiant and transcendent, I Land weaves together traditional Hawaiian hula, Hip-Hop, Hawaiian talk story and spoken word. I Land is acclaimed actor and hula dancer Keo Woolford's moving search for the meaning of heritage in a post-modern world. In this semi-autobiographical journey, Woolford navigates the many worlds where hula lives, from backyard parties, to Hollywood kitsch, to the realm of the sacred. Along the way islands separated by geography and culture collide: a hotel hula show and a conservatory audition, Catholic high school and an evangelical church service, a moment of pop stardom and the opportunity to learn from a hula master.
All performances will be held in the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts, located in Little Tokyo at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles. I Land opens on March 21 and closes on April 8. Opening night will be accompanied by a pre-performance cocktail reception and a post show reception with the cast and creative team. Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. An American Sign Language-interpreted performance is scheduled for Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.