7 (x 1) Samurai is Coming to Honolulu Theatre for Youth
Honolulu, Hawaii (April 23, 2018) An original one-man rendition of the Kurosawa epic “Seven Samurai” will be performed by David Gaines at Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre, June 1, 2018 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10.
About “7 (x 1) Samurai” (pronounced “7 (by one) Samurai”):
· A mix of mime, storytelling, and clown which recreates Akira Kurasawa’s renowned 3 hour movie in the space of 60 minutes.
· An acrobatic tour-de-force by creator and performer David Gaines of Arlington, VA.
· Stunning Kabuki styled masks depict the two leading combatants as the actor darts from scene to scene, playing all the characters – villagers, horsemen, and samurais.
This is the classic story of a tiny village of subsistence farmers plagued by a band of brutal bandits who ride in on horseback each harvest season to rob, rape, and pillage. When a peasant seeks the help of Samurai warriors to rid them of the marauding bandits, he finds only one willing to accept the challenge. That Samurai finds six others to assist – each with a particular area of expertise. Together they prepare the villagers for what is to come, and engage in the spectacular battle that is the climax of the show.
“7 (x 1) Samurai” is a constant crowd pleaser and regularly sells out houses – from Vancouver to Tel Aviv. This production is appropriate for children ages 7 and up.
· Held Over – Edmonton Fringe Festival (2010)
· Best in Fest – Winnipeg Fringe Festival (2010)
· Outstanding Solo Performance and Best in Fest - Ottawa Fringe Festival (2010)
· Runner-up for the Juste Pour Rire award - Montreal Fringe Festival (2010)
· Best of the Fest and Best Solo Show - Orlando Fringe Festival (2009)
· Critic’s Pick Award and Acclaim Award, Outstanding Solo Performer - Cincinnati Fringe (2009)
· Best Solo Performance - Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC (2008)
· 5 Stars (Winnipeg Free Press)
· “The sheer virtuosity of this performance makes it a must-see on your Fringe list.” (Edmonton Journal)
· “…bravura storytelling, nothing less.” (Orlando Sentinel)
· 5 Stars (CBC)
· “David Gaines’ wily one man spoof…qualifies as a find.” (Washington Post)
· “…tour de-force” (Winnipeg Free Press)
· 5 Stars Absolute Must See “… it's positively brilliant.” (Ignite 107)
· “…he exhibits impeccable craft, with subtle wit.” (Montreal Gazette)
· “...one the whole family can laugh and cheer at. A must-see for the Fringing family.” (See Magazine)
· “This is serious, sidesplitting, mesmerizing stuff.” (Washington City Paper)
Tickets for David Gaines’ “7 (x 1) Samurai” can be purchased online at www.htyweb.org or by calling 808-839-9885 x720, or at the HTY box office before the show. More information about the show, including video, photos, and full reviews, can be found at www.7x1samurai.com .
Mr. Gaines is happy to provide interviews in person, by Skype, or by telephone, or to answer any questions via email.
He can be reached at 703.786-3683 or email@example.com.
For additional information on “7 (x1) Samurai”, visit www.7x1samurai.com . High resolution photos, biographical and other information are available on the website or by request.
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ABOUT DAVID GAINES: A graduate of, and later teacher at, the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Mr. Gaines established a theatre company, “The Moving Picture Mime Show” in London that had great success and toured the world for 10 years. That company was considered a flagship cultural envoy, and performed in major theatre festivals around the world, including Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Bali, Beijing, and the official Edinburgh Festival.
Since his return to the U.S., he has taught workshops at many colleges and universities around the country and was a faculty member at the University of Missouri Kansas City Graduate Program. He has written and directed plays for other companies and acted in works from “Waiting for Godot” to “The Brothers Karamazov”. He is a member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, where he works in Children’s National Medical Center (DC) and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is currently teaching at George Mason University in Virginia, just outside Washington, DC.
Among his other achievements are the co-creation and direction of two shows for YBY Theatre in Salzburg, Austria (“Dich und Dunn” and “Schnick-Schnack”) and the creation of a solo piece, “A Little Business at the Big Top”, performed at the 2008 New York Clown Festival.