www.shipmentdayplay.com / www.visitationsmemoir.com

World premiere of

“Shipment Day”

Written & directed by Lorenzo DeStefano

November 2018

(play dates tba)

as part of the 50th Anniversary season
of Honolulu’s renowned

For more information please visit
www.shipmentdayplay.com / www.manoavalleytheatre.com

“SHIPMENT DAY”, by Hawaii-born playwright Lorenzo DeStefano, is set in Honolulu between
1934 and 1937
and dramatizes the traumatic early life experiences of DeStefano’s Portuguese cousin,
the well-known leprosy activist Olivia Robello Breitha. It chronicles Olivia’s 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
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.


“Speaks to an important chapter in Hawaii?s history. Very poignant.” / “Instantly riveting. A highly relevant, first-person story.”
“Dynamic and well-rounded the characters.” / “Touching… Eye-opening.”
“History comes alive. How has a story like this not been told before?”
“Makes the far away past be immediately right at our doorstep here and now in all its horrific, moving, tangible, shame-inducing intensity.”
“Brilliant. Heart-wrenching. I can?t wait to see this play in its entirety!”
“Shipment Day is about humans and our treatment of each other, about connection and yearning, loneliness and fear, fulfillment, hate, ignorance. This play has it all. Major standing ovation.”
“Very movingly performed. Actors committed to telling this story.”
“So very touched by this presentation. How blessed we were to be introduced to this inspiring lady.”
Imagine that you have stumbled upon a family secret, a relative in exile that no one 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.


Best Play - “Shipment Day” by Lorenzo DeStefano
Best Actress – Kuulei Shafee
Best Actor – William Ha’o

“SHIPMENT DAY” was first developed as a one-act at the Road Theatre Company in Los Angeles in
August, 2015,
directed by the playwright.

In addition to his extensive work as a photographer, writer and filmmaker, Honolulu-born Lorenzo DeStefano’s plays include “Shipment Day”,
a November 2018 world premiere for the Manoa Valley Theatre, Honolulu. First developed at the Road Theatre Company in Los Angeles as a one-act, “Shipment Day” won Best Play at the 2016 Playbuilders of Hawaii New Works Festival. DeStefano’s other plays include “Providence”, from the screenplay by David Mercer, and “Camera Obscura”, from the 17 million word “Inman Diary”. Developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, “Camera Obscura” received its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theatre, both productions helmed by the celebrated English director Jonathan Miller. DeStefano’s directing credits include “Shipment Day”, the 25th anniversary production of William Inge’s
“Natural Affection”, for which he received an L.A. Drama-Logue Award, Horton Foote’s “The One-Armed Man”, the world premiere of “Conversations With The Spanish Lady” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, and the world premiere of “Twisted Twain”, a one-man show by Bill Erwin. (www.lorenzodestefano.com)

The new edition of Olivia’s deeply moving autobiography,
“Olivia-My Life of Exile in Kalaupapa”, in print since 1988, is now available from

Produced by Lorenzo DeStefano & Benjamin Hamilton Narrated by Deanna Espinas
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
Release Date: 12-20-16
Publisher: The Estate of Olivia Robello Breitha

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