Renowned Actress Madeline Sami In One-Woman Show At LCC

Wednesday - February 01, 2012
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Leeward Community College presents a play that has been described as “mixing kava with karaoke” at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11 in its college theater, where Madeline Sami plays all nine characters, ranging from ages 6 to 90, in playwright Toa Fraser’s No. 2.

The story centers around a cranky old Fijian matriarch who decides it’s time to name her successor and invites her grandchildren but none of her children to a grand feast.

Sami’s performance in No. 2 won her a best actress award and a Best New Zealand Play award. She was only 18 when she first performed it more than a decade ago. Now she’s presented No. 2 around the world more than 250 times.

Fraser turned his play into a movie starring Ruby Dee that debuted in the U.S. in 2006 as Naming Number Two at the Sundance Film Festival.

Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for keiki under 12 and are available at Rainbowtique at Ward Centre, Stan Sheriff Center and UH Manoa Campus Center, or call the LCC ticket office at 4550385 or the Eticket Hawaii hotline at 944-2697. Tickets purchased at the door cost $5 more.

[Photo]: The many faces of Madeline Sami in her performance of ‘No. 2,’ on stage Feb. 10 and 11 at Leeward Community College, follows a Fijian matriarch who’s ready to name her successor. Sami’s performance of all nine of the play’s characters earned her the Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award. Photos courtesy Strata Creative.


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