Coach Soichi Sakamoto (Blake Kushi, top) keeps time as he trains the youth of Maui (L-R, Chris Takemoto-Gentile, Mapuana Makia, Kelsey Chock, Jared Asato) in the plantation's irrigation ditches. (Photo courtesy of Michael Lamont)

“Three Year Swim Club” is returning to East West Players by popular demand for a limited four-week engagement, July 27 to Aug. 19.

Written by Lee Tonouchi and directed and choreographed by Keo Woolford, the play is inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming Olympic champions. The art of hula becomes the metaphor for competitive swimming.

The Los Angeles Times described “Three Year Swim Club” as “well told, with affectionate, lively characterizations, gentle humor, and fresh ingredients.”

Featuring the original cast: Jared Asato, Kelsey Chock, Kaliko Kauahi, Blake Kushi, Mapuana Makia, and Christopher Takemoto-Gentile.

Presented in association with the Hawaiian Inter-Club Council of Southern California and Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

Tickets prices are as follows.

Fridays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.: orchestra $31, balcony $26

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8 p.m.: orchestra $36, balcony $31

($4 per ticket handling fee on all regular ticket purchases)

Student and senior discounts: $5 off regular ticket price

Wine Down Fridays: Complimentary glasses of red or white wine during the 8 p.m. performances only (must be 21 or over)

Group rates available:

10-19 patrons — save $9 per ticket

20-49 patrons — save $12 per ticket

50-199 patrons — save $15 per ticket

For more information regarding group rates, contact Alison De La Cruz at (213) 625-7000 x 30 or

East West Players is located at 120 Judge John Aiso St. in Little Tokyo. For more information, visit

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