Sean-Joseph Choo

Sean-Joseph Choo

Sean-Joseph Takeo Kahāokalani Choo is a queer multi-ethnic + multi-hyphenate artist from Honolulu. His work as a playwright, composer, and actor have been featured both in the Hawaiian islands and the island known as Turtle Island. Sean is invested in imagining how religion, queerness, and culture intersect and conflict, and he is dedicated to the stories and people of Hawaiʻi.

Sean is a member...
Sean-Joseph Takeo Kahāokalani Choo is a queer multi-ethnic + multi-hyphenate artist from Honolulu. His work as a playwright, composer, and actor have been featured both in the Hawaiian islands and the island known as Turtle Island. Sean is invested in imagining how religion, queerness, and culture intersect and conflict, and he is dedicated to the stories and people of Hawaiʻi.

Sean is a member of the Dramatists Guild, LMDA, TYA/USA, ASCAP, CAATA, the Hawaii State Theatre Council, and founder of Kamamo House.

Plays

  • Beretania Snapshots
    Connie Ishimoto is a high schooler who sometimes lives with her famous Honolulu actor dad, and sometimes with her television producer mother. When her aging playwright grandmother returns home from decades in the continental U.S., she is confronted with mortality, and tries to deal with it with her art. Oh, also she has an imaginary dragon friend.
  • the isle is full of noises
    William “Billy” Kaʻilihaʻo, a young Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) painter and university drop out. After having increasingly intense dreams where elemental spirits speak to him, Billy returns home to seek out answers from his culture and his ʻohana. But home becomes a place of conflict, when Billy inherits a portrait that everyone wants for their own. Legacy, colonization, and the artists’ connection with nature...
    William “Billy” Kaʻilihaʻo, a young Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) painter and university drop out. After having increasingly intense dreams where elemental spirits speak to him, Billy returns home to seek out answers from his culture and his ʻohana. But home becomes a place of conflict, when Billy inherits a portrait that everyone wants for their own. Legacy, colonization, and the artists’ connection with nature are explored in this dreamy family drama.
  • otou-san
    otou-san is a father-son redemption dramedy set in Hawai’i in fall 2020. It follows Kuya Yamaguchi, a twenty-something year-old nerd who plans to escape his problems and the world by entering a Matrix-type game he invented. But when his conservative father gets accidentally trapped in his game, Kuya must confront his inner demons and ghosts of his past to save the day.
  • tourist shell shock
    A dark, comic twist on the myth of Urashima Taro, this one act play mocks and highlights the sinister side of tourism in Waikīkī.
  • the folly of icarus
    the folly of icarus is a queer re-telling of the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, exploring sexuality, spirituality, technology, and power. Icarus is at odds with the powers that be in his home in Crete, where his father bows to every whim of the theocrat, Queen Pasiphae. Icarus is sick of ritual, ceremony, and palace politics, and only wants to live a simple life with his love, the Prince Asterion. But when...
    the folly of icarus is a queer re-telling of the myth of Icarus and Daedalus, exploring sexuality, spirituality, technology, and power. Icarus is at odds with the powers that be in his home in Crete, where his father bows to every whim of the theocrat, Queen Pasiphae. Icarus is sick of ritual, ceremony, and palace politics, and only wants to live a simple life with his love, the Prince Asterion. But when Icarus discovers that the prince’s life is in danger, he and his father must navigate the not-so-pretty history of the royal family, darkened by the mysteries of the religious views of the Queen, opposed to the skeptic minds of Icarus and his father.
  • for duque
    It is the fall of 1987 in Honolulu, and a gay songwriter is struggling to write lyrics, until divine inspiration comes. Written to honor the playwright’s uncle, Douglas Paul Maligro AKA Sean Duque.