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Hear touching tributes to moms

By Staff | May 6, 2010

Florence Hasegawa, 101, is pictured from 1937 at a Lahaina studio and 2008 at a West Maui bon dance.

KAHULUI — “My Mama Monologues — a play-reading of true stories written each year by men, women and children, near and far, about their own mothers — will be staged Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater.

This talked-about event premiered on Maui last year and now promises to be held annually.

The cast of readers represents a diverse community of Mauians, including all-star favorites, a contemporary dancer and many first-timers: teachers, students, executives, artists, county workers and seniors.

The audience will be treated to stories about distant and local mothers that are sweet, spicy, hot, bitter, ticklish… like a potluck that works!

Playwright and Director Pat Masumoto said, “This year there will be monologues, dialogues and even a chorus of voices.”

Florence Hasegawa, 101, is pictured from 1937 at a Lahaina studio and 2008 at a West Maui bon dance.

Masumoto conceived “My Mama Monologues” (MMM) as a gift to her spry 101-year-old mother, Florence Hasegawa of Lahaina, who created a media flurry last fall for her posts on Twitter (@GrandmaFlorence).

Her tweets will be read by Kathy “Tita” Collins, and volunteers from the audience will read the replies from worldwide followers.  

Everyone is invited to submit stories.    

Masumoto said, “People young and old go through discovery and transformation when writing about their mothers. Who wouldn’t?”

For information on this year’s stories and cast, MMM events held elsewhere and instructions on how to submit a story, go to www.MyMamaMonologues.com.

The show will be held at 7 p.m. on May 8 and 2 p.m. on Mother’s Day.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and students; call 242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.