Seven in One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid

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Seven in One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid

16th Smash Year!

Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

December 1 - 19, 2017
Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm
Additional Performance Tuesday, December 19 at 7pm

Adults $15; Seniors/Students $10; Kids $5 | Veterans & Active U.S. Service Members and Their Families, FREE

For the sixteenth consecutive season, Axis Company will present its winter show for children, Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid, beginning December 1st. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music is conceived by Axis Company and directed by Randy Sharp featuring Axis' signature blend of advanced technology and live performance. Children in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid's challenges with singing and organized "shout outs." Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

In Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid, a child living in the city kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "SEVEN IN ONE BLOW" to commemorate the event. As he is traveling about, most people think his belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Along the way a few interesting things are learned: an Ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are... sometimes it's okay just to be quiet about it; a girl realizes that when you tease people you are hurting someone who may be just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, the Kid ultimately discovers that a parents' love and care has no bounds.

Dec. 9: All proceeds donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Spencer Aste, Brian Barnhart, Regina Betancourt, George Demas, Britt Genelin, Laurie Kilmartin, Emily Kratter, Lynn Mancinelli, Edgar Oliver, Brian Parks, Jim Sterling

writer & director: Randy Sharp
light designer: David Zeffren
sound designer/music production & arrangement: Steve Fontaine
additional sound design: Paul Carbonara
original music: Randy Sharp
costume coordinator & stylist: Karl Ruckdeschel
asst. light designer: Amy Harper
choreographer: Lynn Mancinelli
set design: Chad Yarborough
set construction: Mike Bajor
prop designer & construction: Lynn Mancinelli
illustration: Dan Killeen
original production design: Kate Aronsson-Brown
stage manager: Erik Savage
website & graphic designer: Ethan Crenson/Red Shift
publicity/pr: Blake Zidell & Assoc

AXIS COMPANY
Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick

Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


Purchase Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid by Randy Sharp & Axis Company (published by Dramatists Play Service) on Amazon or DPS.


  • Lynn Mancinelli - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Jim Sterling - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Lynn Mancinelli, Jim Sterling - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Jim Sterling, Lynn Mancinelli, Brian Barnhart - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Lynn Mancinelli, George Demas - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Edgar Oliver, Brian Barnhart, Britt Genelin - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Lynn Mancinelli, Laurie Kilmartin - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Lynn Mancinelli, George Demas, Britt Genelin - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • Emily Kratter, Edgar Oliver - photo by Pavel Antonov
  • The Cast of "Seven in One Blow" (2017) - photo by Pavel Antonov




Playwrights Welcome is a new program developed for Dramatists Guild of America Members by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists. We are invested in the success and artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre. We're also aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grow as artists.

Axis Company is proud to take part in Playwrights Welcome, which offers available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. To receive a ticket through Playwrights Welcome at our theater, please contact us at info@axiscompany.org or by calling (212) 807-9300 (leaving a message in the general mailbox). Note that writers must present their Dramatists Guild membership card when requesting a ticket.

For more information on this national program, and to learn which theaters around the country are involved, please visit samuelfrench.com/playwrightswelcome.
“...what could be better than a play that asks you to shout? Well, one that asks you to sing...All this fun is part of an updated version of ''The Brave Little Tailor"...My son also thought of another reason that ''Seven in One Blow'' is the greatest play ever: the actors pass out candy at the end.”
The New York Times
“The entire ensemble is on the mark.”
—Show Business Weekly
“...(a) genuinely sweet, heart-warming, heart-filling hour of theatre.”
—Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
“The sterling Off-Broadway theater group the Axis Company has created a wonderful new holiday tradition...”
—OffOffOnline
“Inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tale also known as “The Brave Little Tailor”, Randy Sharp’s adaptation invests it with additional American pop cultural resonances and plays a lot with gender roles....There’s a sweet, magical simplicity to sets and costumes that remind me of old school kid’s tv from back in the 50s and 60s...The show made me so happy it’s more than likely that I will return to see it next year.”
—Trav S.D., TRAVALANCHE
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