KATAKI (The Enemy)

Kataki (The Enemy) Two Soldiers, Two Nations, One Island at War.
BY SHIMON WINCELBERG

STARRING FERNANDO ALDAZ & YASUHIRO TAKAHASHI

War from the Pacific Brought to the Hollywood Stage

War is coming. Starting Jan. 22, 2010, Hollywood will be taken back into the pacific front of World War II when “Kataki” opens at the McCadden Theatre located at 1157 N McCadden Pl. in Hollywood’s Theatre Row every Friday and Saturday 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Civilians can get in on the action with tickets starting at $20 for adults & $15 for veterans, seniors and students (with valid ID).

One American soldier and one Japanese soldier will be stranded together on an island in the Pacific with nothing but a solitary battle knife separating them.

The Los Angeles stage will for the first time witness the English and Japanese languages share the same stage when Shimon Wincelberg’s “Kataki” is remade since its original 1959 Broadway debut.

Kataki tells the story of an American soldier, who regains consciousness after crash landing on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean during the war. He awakens to find himself in the hands of a Japanese Imperial soldier, his enemy combatant. With their respective languages of little use and one bayonet between them serving as judge, jury, and executioner, two soldiers must find ways communicate and coexist. The only possible alternative would be the extermination of either one of them.

This incredibly unique production brings together the creative team comprised of Director Peter Haskell and the “Prince Livingston Players” which includes Stars/Producers Fernando Aldaz and Yasuhiro Takahashi all of which come from a strong foundation and belief in truthful and riveting acting that captures the real essence of human nature.

A graduate from Harvard University, Haskell’s directorial approach is heavily influenced by his long time mentor Peter Kass, who was a member of the Original Group Theatre, founded on the revolutionary acting approach that gradually swept the United States in the 30s and 40s that eventually came to be known as ‘Method’ acting.

Haskell also brings to the table his United States armed forces expertise having served in the 11th Airborne Division from May 1954 thru April 1956. Haskell’s creative approach to “Kataki” is also heavily influenced by his experience of three uncles who served the armed forces during the Second World War.

Aldaz, who plays Alvin, brings to the table his extensive training having studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway and the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles.

Takahashi who plays Kimura, completes this versed creative triad, having been born in Osaka, Japan and a member of Los Angeles’s only Japanese theatre company, “Arigato,” Takahashi also received his acting foundation from the Stella Adler Academy of Acting of Los Angeles.

Audiences will get an authentic taste of the war’s pacific front conflict when this creative teams’ vision hits the stage at the end of January. Tickets can be bought online at the “Kataki” official webpage, www.kataki2010.com or at the door of the McCadden before showtimes. Additional information is available at Kataki’s official Facebook page.