Play, "Not One Batu", Reveals Hawaii’s Hidden Meth Culture
“Batu” means methamphetamine in the Hawaiian Pidgin language. Not One Batu, a play from the theater troupe Nothing Without a Company, centers on the underreported meth crisis in Hawaii. In the play, “Honey Girl”, a former meth user-turned drug dealer, encounters at a beach park one morning some of her customers, rival dealers, friends, and even her addict mother. For Chicago-based playwright, Hannah Ii-Epstein, Not One Batu is semi-biographical. The Hawaii native will tell us how her play parallels her own past struggles with drugs, and how Hawaii’s vacation culture obscures the island’s societal troubles from “Mainland” Americans. Joining Ii-Epstein to perform dialogue are actors Marie Tredway (Honey Girl), Gloria Alvarez (Sherrie), and Lelea'e "Buffy" Kahalepuna-Wong (Ma). Not One Batu adds realism by playing on Chicago’s lakefront, outdoors at the Berger Park Cultural Center Coach House, 6205 N. Sheridan Rd., through July 21st, 2018.