A Virtual Night at the Theatre – Shipment Day, filmed live at Manoa Valley Theatre as part of their award-winning 50th season.
Imagine that you have stumbled upon a family secret, a relative in exile that no one in your immediate family has ever spoken of. Intrigued, you meet that relative, a Portuguese cousin, and spend the next seventeen years, until her death, getting to know the circumstances of her life, her struggles and her quiet achievements. Such was the case when Hawaii-born playwright & director, Lorenzo DeStefano, learned about his cousin, Olivia Robello Breitha.
“SHIPMENT DAY” is set in Honolulu between 1934 and 1937 and dramatizes Olivia’s traumatic early life experiences. It chronicles her diagnosis with the condition at 18, her two-and-a-half-year confinement at Kalihi Hospital, to the day before her shipment to Kalaupapa, the Hansen’s disease settlement on Molokai where, as Hawaii State Department of Health parolee #3306, Olivia would spend the next seventy years of her life, until her death there in 2006 at the age of 90.