In THE PORTER’S TALE, one story unfolds into another until, in a party, each of three one-eyed men tells his bizarre roller-coaster tale of how he lost his eye. Come hear! This is Islam’s ‘pulp fiction’, revealing the anonymous genius of the people of the sands. In Hawaii, responding to the Iraq War, Jeff Gere performed 10 Arabian Night tales over 18 months of sold-out shows (with Honolulu's top Middle Eastern dancer Willow Chang & 2 musicians). This is Jeff's favorite story (containing many moving tales. Shadow puppets animate
three of them.)
Willow Chang adds dancing, music & drama, and Babatunji Heath adds percussion of all kinds throughout. The show runs 90+ minutes.
Content Warning: Tales include scenes of violence, extreme characters, & poetry.
JEFF GERE was Oahu’s Drama Specialist (Parks Department) for 30 years.
There, he produced the Talk Story Festival, Hawaii’s biggest storytelling celebration, Talk Story Radio & Story TV. Since retiring to end 2014, he's told tales with shadow puppets in China, India, Romania, Australia, & Taiwan. He continues after the show on a mainland tour.
www.jeffgere.com & YouTube.
BABATUNJI HEATH is a celebrated sound designer for Honolulu Theater for Youth & the rhythmic spine for the bands ‘Good Foot’ & ‘Kupa’aina’. Jeff & Tunji did an Arabian Nights tale in Hong Kong (’05).
WILLOW CHANG has taught & performed locally & internationally as a singer, costumer, producer, & dancer ( Arabian, Indian, Tango, modern). She & Jeff collaborated in the popular Arabian Nights series in Chinatown (2003-04). www.willowchang.com