Downstage HNL

Downstage HNL Coming Spring 2020, Honolulu's newest performance venue for improv theater, stand-up comedy, and whatever art we can fit on stage!

2020 has certainly been a year of the unexpected. At this time, we had anticipated having weekly shows and classes, high...
08/22/2020

2020 has certainly been a year of the unexpected. At this time, we had anticipated having weekly shows and classes, highlighting the talents of this amazing community of performers of all walks while bringing laughter and fun into your lives.

It has been hard to make the choice of not having shows as we are performers ourselves. Keeping up with the state's COVID guidelines in perpetual flux makes it hard to plan ahead for when our doors can be open to you all. We want to do what is safe, so our doors will continue to remain closed for large events for now.

We are setting up for our own live stream shows to share our stage life with you in the comfort of your preferred streaming device. We also want to let our performance community know that our showroom, podcast room, and classrooms are available for rent for your own productions.

What we can do is offer our space for certain small events. Live streaming shows, meetings or presentations, podcast recordings, writer's meetings, a general place to focus. As long as it abides by the current State of Hawaii COVID policies, we will have a stage and space for you and your team.

Drop us an email at [email protected] or send us a DM for our rental rates. Let's collaborate and create together ❤

Take care, and be excellent to each other.

07/17/2020

No shows this weekend unfortunately as we are still fixing the plumbing. 100 year old buildings are quirky like that. Have a solid weekend!

We're still experiencing plumbing issues so no shows are scheduled this weekend. Until then, Happy Friday and Be a Good ...
07/10/2020

We're still experiencing plumbing issues so no shows are scheduled this weekend. Until then, Happy Friday and Be a Good Human!

06/27/2020

We're extremely thankful for everyone who has supported our endeavor! Many great shows to come! Get your tickets to our next event on www.eventbrite.com

Folks we want to thank you for sold out shows this coming weekend. Also want to let you know we are taking precautions f...
06/20/2020

Folks we want to thank you for sold out shows this coming weekend. Also want to let you know we are taking precautions for everyone's safety. Masks are required to enter, and temperature checks will be conducted. We have limited our ticket sales to 1/3 of what our space will hold. For those of you who want to check us out online we are streaming both Saturday night shows for just $5! Follow the link for details! Thank you again on behalf of the entire Downstage Honolulu team! We look forward to bringing you more great entertainment.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-laughs-matter-virtual-comedy-weekend-tickets-110331584740

Your chance to catch some laughs from the comfort of your home! Black Laughs Matter Vol #1

Testing out the "The World Famous Downstage Theatre" last night, with the help of some friends! Big announcement coming ...
06/14/2020

Testing out the
"The World Famous Downstage Theatre"
last night, with the help of some friends!
Big announcement coming tonight!
Stay tuned!

Thank you to all people we've loved and lost, who have sacrificed so much. We hope everyone had a great   We're still "d...
05/26/2020

Thank you to all people we've loved and lost, who have sacrificed so much. We hope everyone had a great
We're still "doing the thing"!
Starting to form into shape, and we can't wait to bring Honolulu the laughter everyone needs!
Stage 50% reclaimed wood.
Tech Booth 75% reclaimed wood.
Ticket Booth 125% reclaimed wood.
You do the math. We'll keep you posted with upcoming events!

Who needs equipment and a space for podcasting? Starting in June we got you!
05/17/2020

Who needs equipment and a space for podcasting? Starting in June we got you!

04/24/2020

We may have been slowed by COVID, but we are still here getting ready for you when the time is right. Check out making our stage edge all noicelike.

Until that time comes when we can be together, stay safe and be a good human ❤

   ()・・・Opening up an   theater in the week of   is a hard one! Hear how Aaron Pughes got into this theater business and...
04/09/2020

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Opening up an theater in the week of is a hard one! Hear how Aaron Pughes got into this theater business and the hopes for opening soon 🥳 now up on the podcast or link in profile. Subscribed for the latest to show up on your feeds 🙌🏼

04/03/2020

Aloha friends, fam, and supporters!

We have officially come to an exciting close to our fundraiser! Thanks to your support, we raised an incredible total of $5,000 which by no means is any small amount! We are ever so thankful to everyone that helped us along the way, from donating to sharing our fundraiser to even popping in to say hi! Each gesture meant so much to us and really proved how much inspiration our space is creating within the scene. If you would still like to contribute to the fundraiser or claim a perk, feel free to send us an email at [email protected] and we will see if we have the perk available.

There are a few things still left to do on our list and the current COVID-19 climate has hindered our progress by a bit, as it has limited us to move safely while keeping others safe. As the mayor of Honolulu and governor of Hawaii decreed limiting gatherings of 10 persons as well as encourages social distancing, we agree and wish to do what we can to keep our community safe. That includes you! With this, as mentioned in our previous update, our Thank You Fundraiser Weekend will be postponed to a later date to be announced. When things are safer for all of us, we will announce our Thank You Fundraiser Weekend and invite all of our backers and supporters via email, mail, as well as post an update here.

In the meantime, we will be working on getting these perks out to our backers. We want to fulfill our promise to contact our neighbor businesses first and foremost to support our local creators. It is possible that COVID-19 may have affected some businesses and their supplies (we sure know it first hand), so we are hoping to meet all our deadlines with little issues. Should anything change the delivery date, we will certainly keep you posted.

At the current moment, our bar is coming together and will have a functioning triple sink by the end of this coming Sunday. Our performance area has been painted and we will be moving on to the bar/ classroom/ and podcast portions of the space. Speaking of podcast room, last week we painted one of the walls a bright "green screen" green for podcasters who wish to film and add their own background. We also set up these sweet comfy armchairs for our podcast creatives to sit in as they record their episodes. Our liquor licence has been delayed as the office has been affected by the events of COVID-19, but we are still in progress of having our paperwork processed so that's a positive note. We have also teamed up with an incredible group of musicians, the Young Kings, who have offered to assist us in our sound department! We are so stoked for that and are excited to have that setup for you all.

We are so grateful to everyone who has been so supportive of this venture. We are so looking forward to hosting you all in our home once we are able to. The world is in a bit of a sad state. When things are a little better and we can be together again, we will be there ready to lift your spirits with good times and good people.

Be good and kind to your fellow human. Look for the helpers, and if you don't see them, become the helper Mr.Rogers knew you could be.

Stay safe. Respect everyone's personal space. Be a good human and wash your hands.

Si Yu'us Ma'ase, Mahalo Nui Loa, and Thank You!
Larissa

With all that has been happening, we haven't been pushing our fundraiser as hard since we know this is a rough time for ...
03/31/2020

With all that has been happening, we haven't been pushing our fundraiser as hard since we know this is a rough time for all. Our fundraiser ends tomorrow and we are just so honored by all the contributions, encouragement, and support we have received.

Our schedule may have been delayed by COVID, but we have not stopped. We will continue to work towards the day when we all can be in the same room cheering and laughing with life once again.

As always, please be safe, stay healthy, and we will see you around the scene ❤

If you would like to jump in the fundraiser, check out the link below 😊

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-downstage-honolulu-on-their-way #/

Honolulu's gathering place for stand-up, improv, and whatever art will fit on our stage | Check out 'Help Downstage Honolulu on their way!' on Indiegogo.

🎉40% of our fundraiser goal has been reached! We are so grateful to make it this far with 11 days left before our fundra...
03/22/2020

🎉40% of our fundraiser goal has been reached! We are so grateful to make it this far with 11 days left before our fundraiser ends. Thank you so much! .

We got some more cool supporters! Thanks for helping us out on our fundraiser! ❤
03/22/2020

We got some more cool supporters! Thanks for helping us out on our fundraiser! ❤

Had ourselves a small paint session last Saturday! We are 13 days away from our fundraiser ending so there is still time...
03/20/2020

Had ourselves a small paint session last Saturday! We are 13 days away from our fundraiser ending so there is still time to jump in on it! Special shoutout to Iris and the City Mill staff for their incredible help on color selection and creation!
Fundraiser link in comments below ⬇️

For the last two weeks, we have been keeping up to date with the CDC in regards to COVID-19 as well as tracking fellow t...
03/17/2020

For the last two weeks, we have been keeping up to date with the CDC in regards to COVID-19 as well as tracking fellow theaters, businesses, and institutions on how they are managing their events, classes, and rentals.

With the recent announcement from the CDC on Sunday March 15th limiting social gatherings at 50+, we will be postponing our Thank You Fundraiser Shows on April 10th and 11th to a later date to be announced. We are also postponing classes, events and rehearsals within the space as needed.

We will continue with our construction deadlines and are pushing forward to have our space ready by our initial complete date of April 1st. We started painting our walls this wonderful blue color and will be installing our triple sink into our bar this week. Our lights and sound are our last two installments which we are quite excited to get underway now that our ACs are installed (We're ready for you summer!).

Thank you for all your donations and continuing support. We will let you know when our fundraiser shows will happen, because we have so much love to give to you all. As we know this is a hard time for the arts, small businesses and our fellow humans, we promise to bring you joy and laughter once we are all able to gather again. If you would like to and are able to, please check out our fundraiser at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-downstage-honolulu-on-their-way #/

Every little bit will help us on our way to giving this scene a stage it deserves.

We ask that you do all that you can to keep you and yours safe. For guidance and tips on how to do this, please visit the Center of Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

We thank you for your support and cannot wait to have you in our home! Until then, be excellent to each other ❤

😇 We want to give a special shoutout to Alejandro's Mexican Food for their support and donation! 😋 If you find yourself ...
03/13/2020

😇 We want to give a special shoutout to Alejandro's Mexican Food for their support and donation! 😋 If you find yourself in need of a 🌮 fix, Alejandro's is your guy!
Give 'em some love and follow 'em! ❤
Help us on our way by donating to our fundraiser! Link in comments below ⬇️
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❤Check out these solid peeps who helped us on our way! Thank you for supporting us!❤Join us on our journey by supporting...
03/09/2020

❤Check out these solid peeps who helped us on our way! Thank you for supporting us!❤
Join us on our journey by supporting us on our Indiegogo fundraiser! Link in comments below ⬇️

Audition is in motion! 🤩
03/07/2020

Audition is in motion! 🤩

Audition is in motion! 🤩
03/07/2020

Audition is in motion! 🤩

👀 Have you checked out our fundraiser yet? We're on our way and every little bit and every share helps us. Also, every b...
03/06/2020

👀 Have you checked out our fundraiser yet? We're on our way and every little bit and every share helps us. Also, every backer will receive a Thank You Ticket to our April 10th and 11th shows! Check it out and support the scene 🎭

Honolulu's gathering place for stand-up, improv, and whatever art will fit on our stage | Check out 'Help Downstage Honolulu on their way!' on Indiegogo.

Stage assembly underway 🔨
03/06/2020

Stage assembly underway 🔨

Stage assembly underway 🔨
03/06/2020

Stage assembly underway 🔨

03/04/2020

👑Our Tiny Window Box Seats came in the mail! For our supporters who wish they could be here, we have a fun perk in our fundraiser just for you. When you claim this perk, we will have a tiny seat reserved with your name on it that will have the perfect view of all our shows for the whole year!

Reserve your tiny seat through our fundraiser! Link in the comments below ⬇️

We are so thankful to all our supporters for helping us on our way! What an incredible journey this will make! ❤Check ou...
03/03/2020

We are so thankful to all our supporters for helping us on our way! What an incredible journey this will make! ❤
Check out our link in the comments below to be a part of the journey!

We got the stage, you got the moxie? CALLING ALL IMPROVISERS and STUDENTS OF IMPROV: we are holding auditions for our ne...
03/02/2020

We got the stage, you got the moxie?
CALLING ALL IMPROVISERS and STUDENTS OF IMPROV: we are holding auditions for our new improv house improv team coached by Jeff Andrews!
Email us at [email protected] to reserve your spot, subject "House Team Audition"

So what? You in?

Mahalo nui Loa to our awesome supporters! Thank you for helping us on our way to awesomeness! 🥰🚀Check out our fundraiser...
02/27/2020

Mahalo nui Loa to our awesome supporters! Thank you for helping us on our way to awesomeness! 🥰🚀
Check out our fundraiser link in the comments below!

It looks like we've slowed down in our fundraiser. We know life gets crazy. Help us get a little further on our goal! 🚀
02/27/2020

It looks like we've slowed down in our fundraiser. We know life gets crazy. Help us get a little further on our goal! 🚀

Honolulu's gathering place for stand-up, improv, and whatever art will fit on our stage | Check out 'Help Downstage Honolulu on their way!' on Indiegogo.

We are 20% of the way to our    goal! Thank you everyone that has donated! You are helping the community grow and we app...
02/25/2020

We are 20% of the way to our goal! Thank you everyone that has donated! You are helping the community grow and we appreciate you! 🚀
Check out our fundraiser via the link in the comments below

Wow! We got much closer to our goal thanks to these spectacular supporters! Thank you so much for believing in us ❤If yo...
02/24/2020

Wow! We got much closer to our goal thanks to these spectacular supporters! Thank you so much for believing in us ❤
If you would like to support, check out the fundraiser link in the comments below ⬇️

😎 Co-founder  is sporting our limited edition t-shirt, only available through our Indiegogo fundraiser! Help us on our w...
02/23/2020

😎 Co-founder is sporting our limited edition t-shirt, only available through our Indiegogo fundraiser! Help us on our way to being Honolulu's gathering place for improv, stand-up, poetry, and whatever art will fit on our stage!
Link in comments below!

Another thank you shoutout to our supporters of our fundraiser! We got our first claimed perk for the Name Game with ,  ...
02/21/2020

Another thank you shoutout to our supporters of our fundraiser! We got our first claimed perk for the Name Game with , too! This is gonna be fun! 😆

24 hours after launching our fundraiser, we are 10% closer to our goal! That's incredible! We see you and are so thankfu...
02/21/2020

24 hours after launching our fundraiser, we are 10% closer to our goal! That's incredible! We see you and are so thankful for your support 🌟

THANK YOU shoutouts to our Indiegogo fundraiser supporters! Thank you for believing in us and helping make things happen...
02/20/2020

THANK YOU shoutouts to our Indiegogo fundraiser supporters! Thank you for believing in us and helping make things happen! We're on our way! 🚀❤ If you would like to donate to our fundraiser and be part of the journey, check out the link in the comments! 🤙🏽

It's official: Our fundraiser is up and running on Indiegogo! We have some fun perks to claim, from limited edition merc...
02/19/2020

It's official: Our fundraiser is up and running on Indiegogo! We have some fun perks to claim, from limited edition merch to discounted show passes. Check it out and help us on our way to creating Honolulu's gathering place for stand-up, improv, and whatever art will fit on our stage!

Honolulu's gathering place for stand-up, improv, and whatever art will fit on our stage | Check out 'Help Downstage Honolulu on their way!' on Indiegogo.

Next time you're on Smith Street, be sure to check out the sweet signage  created for us! If you ever need graphic desig...
02/18/2020

Next time you're on Smith Street, be sure to check out the sweet signage created for us! If you ever need graphic design work done, hire this guy!

We'll be kicking off our Indiegogo fundraiser soon as we're finalizing the last few details. We thought real hard on these and created some fun perks for those near and far. If you can, every little bit means a LOT to us! Stay tuned ❤

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