Lionelle Hamanaka

Librettist Lyricist Playwright

I believe in the theatre as a lab (experimental/using powers of imagination) and map for mankind to find a way to a better world. It's like holding hands and making a big leap of faith. I try to combine writing styles to fit the play in question. There are fundamental commitments you have to make to create a real character, a deep question you are asking both yourself and the audience to answer. This symbiotic relationship is organic. I do believe in both the Identity and Alienation aspects of the theatre, i.e., epic and traditional, also multimedia, as well as multiethnic, multiracial and relevancy to today's predicaments, and to empowering those without a voice or who are seeking a voice, recognition.