Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen
written and performed by me
directed by Knud Adams
Apr 4 – 21 at Abrons Arts Center
In 1996, a young Eliza Bent, along with a friend, created, directed and starred in an amateur historical film for a school project. In it, Bent portrayed Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. 22 years later, Bent uses her home movie as a jumping off point to lead audiences on a journey that grapples with personal history, legacy, and cultural appropriation. In the tradition of Spalding Gray, Fran Lebowitz, and David Sedaris, Bent’s humorous cringe-inducing stories chart a Bostonian’s education in race and appropriation.
With textile panel art by Elizabeth Chabot, sound design and original composition by Jerome Ellis, lighting by Kate McGee and make up and styling by Naomi Miyoko Raddatz.