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 7 (x1) Samurai

David Gaines

Production Photo“7 (x1) Samurai” (pronounced “7 by 1 Samurai”) won the Best Solo Performance award and sold out last summer at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC.  This year, it won the Patron’s Choice Award for “Best Solo Show” and “Best of the Fest” in the Orlando Fringe Festival.  And immediately thereafter, it was voted “Critic’s Choice for Best Show” in the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. 
In “7 (x1) Samurai”, one actor presents the classic story of a tiny village of subsistence farmers, faced with unbearable hardship and injustice.  Their troubles spring from a band of brutal bandits on horseback, who sweep down on their tiny village each harvest season to rob, rape, and pillage the defenseless peasant farmers.  When a peasant gets the idea to go in search of Samurai warriors to help rid them of the marauding bandits, he finds only one Samurai willing to accept the challenge.  That Samurai finds six others to assist him – each with a particular specialty of expertise.  And together they walk to the village, prepare the villagers for what is to come, and await the battle that is the climax of the show. 

David Gaines created and performs in this acrobatic tour-de-force.  Its style mixes mime, storytelling, and clown to recreate the renowned 3 hour movie in the space of 60 minutes.  At times there are stunning appearances of Kabuki styled masks, depicting the two leading combatants, as the actor darts from scene to scene, playing all the characters – villagers, horsemen, and samurai.
In her Washington Post review, Celia Wren wrote: "…riotous…rollicking…an acrobatic genius…”  In the Washington City Paper, Brian Reed said: “This is serious, sidesplitting, mesmerizing stuff.”  The Orlando Sentinal said, “…bravura storytelling, nothing less”, and the Cincinnati Conveyor called it “…a tour de force of movement.  See it.”
For additional information on “7 (x1) Samurai”, contact David Gaines or visit High resolution photos, biographical and other information are available on the website or by request.  Mr. Gaines is available for interviews by phone or in person.

To view “7 (x1) Samurai” on YouTube, visit:


Venue: Gallaudet University
Andrew Foster Auditorium

Saturday, March 6 at 4:00 PM
Saturday, March 6 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 7 at 1:30 PM
Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 PM

General Admission: $15
Students/Senior Citizens: $10



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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 in London that had great success and toured the world for 10 years.  That company, “The Moving Picture Mime Show” was considered a “flagship” cultural envoy, and was invited to every major theatre festival around the world, including performances in Hong Kong, New York, Bali, Beijing, and the official Edinburgh Festival.  During these tours, Mr. Gaines encountered and worked with performers from many different theatrical traditions, from the Wayang Orang of Indonesia and traditional Thai dances, to Chinese Opera and Japanese Noh performances. 
Since his return to the U.S., he has taught at many colleges and universities around the country – most notably 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 currently a member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, working in Childrens National Medical Center in DC, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Among his RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS are the creation and direction of two shows for YBY Theatre in Salzburg, Austria (“Dich und Dunn” and “Schnick-Schnack”) and the creation of two new solo pieces:

 “A Little Business At the Big Top”, was performed at the the 2008 New York Clown Festival. 

 “7 (x1) Samurai” is the acclaimed performance piece which opened (and was voted “Best Solo Performance”) in the 2008 Capital Fringe Festival, then went on to run for 4 weeks and sell out at the Warehouse Theatre in Washington DC. Since then it has been performed at the Phoenix Fringe Festival, the Orlando Fringe Festival (where it won the Patron’s Choice awards for “Best Solo Show” and “Best of the Festival”), the Cincinnati Fringe Festival (where it won the Critic’s Choice Award and the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Acclaim Award), and the Indianapolis Fringe Festival, where it was a top seller.

Featuring: 7 (x1) Samurai
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