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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Honolulu Theatre for Youth

2:00 pm Sunday, February 5, 2023

In 1947, the Year of the Boar, a young girl leaves China with her parents for a new beginning in the United States. But it’s harder than she expected. Though her classmates in Brooklyn come from a variety of backgrounds, Shirley is the only one who doesn’t speak English. She worries she will never have a friend.

But through a new love of the Brooklyn Dodgers — especially her hero Jackie Robinson — Shirley begins to feel at home. Based on the book by Bette Bao Lord and told through humor — in Chinese and in English — and a rich multimedia staging, the play celebrates the bravery and sacrifice of those who bring new perspectives to our country.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth is dedicated to serving young people, families, and educators across the Hawaiian Islands. Founded in 1955, the theatre is recognized for its history of innovative drama education programming and creation of original theatrical works celebrating the diverse cultures of its home state. 

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Adult $15
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $15

Chad and Laura Mitchell

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Pre-performance Family-friendly Activity

1:00 pm Sunday, February 5, 2023

Eisenhower Auditorium

A family-friendly activity, free to ticket holders, will take place one hour before the performance. Due to space and time restrictions, participation is limited.