How I Got That Story
February 23 – March 18, 2012
By Amlin Gray
Directed by Seema Sueko
Starring Brian Bielawski and Greg Watanabe
How do you survive the confusion of war?
An eager newspaper reporter from Dubuque travels to fictional war-torn “Am-bo Land” to cover the country, but the country ends up covering him. This fast-paced “nightmare comedy” asks: where is the boundary between historical fact and subjective experience? What is the human impact of war and the role of the media?
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Performances from February 23 – March 18, 2012
$15 – $20
February 23, 24, 25, March 1 at 7:30 PM
February 26 at 2:00 PM
Press Opening Night Performance and Post-Show Party
$30 – $40
March 2 at 7:30 PM
$22 – $30
March 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 PM
March 4, 11, 18 at 2:00 PM
High School Matinees
February 29, Mar 7, 14 at 10:00 AM
Lower ticket rate is for seniors, students, and members of AEA with a valid ID.
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Special discounts for groups of 10 or more: Please call 619-342-7395 for details.
Education and Outreach
Tell Us Your Story
In conjunction with our production of How I Got That Story, we are collecting 1- 2 minute videos from veterans and civilians about how they’ve survived the confusion of war for our YouTube channel. Some of the stories will be featured in a pre-show video at the theater during the run of the show and the authors of those stories will be given two free tickets to the Press Opening performance of the show and the post-show party taking place on March 2, 2012.
To participate, simply visit our YouTube channel by clicking here. To be considered for inclusion in our pre-show video, we need your recorded story no later than February 10, 2012. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
In concert with How I Got That Story, The 10th Avenue Theatre Resident Visual Artist Gerald Montoya will be curating an art show in the second floor galleries of The 10th Avenue Theatre. We invite you to arrive at the theater as early as one hour prior to show time to give yourself time to enjoy this free exhibit.
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Co- Producers: Ree & Maurice Miller
Co-Producers: Beth & Norman Saks
Patrons: Jay & Julie Sarno
Patrons: Sydney & Larry Cousins
Veterans Village of San Diego
The Veterans’ Writing Group of San Diego County
NAACP San Diego Branch Veterans Committee
Asian American Journalists Association, San Diego
San Diego Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego
San Diego Press Club
How I Got That Story Artistic Team
Playwright: Amlin Gray
Director: Seema Sueko*
Cast: Brian Bielawski*, Greg Watanabe*
Production Stage Manager: Elizabeth L. Stephens*
Scenic Designer: David F. Weiner
Lighting Designer: Stephen Terry
Costume Designer: Jeannie Galioto
Sound Designer: George Yé
Props Designer: Will Widick
Peking Opera Choreographer: Sainu Ma
Graphic Design: Sarah Loffler sarahloffler.com
Producer & Executive Artistic Director: Seema Sueko*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
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Reviews and Articles
- “Spotlight on Mo’olelo’s ‘How I Got That Story,'” by Laura Kaplan-Nieto [3/16/12]
- “Vietnam Vets and How I Got That Story,” by Lauren Selman, Huffington Post [3/15/12]
- “He Booked His Tickets from a Barracks in Kandahar,” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [3/12/12]
- “Authentic reality at Mo`olelo,” by Cuauhtemoc Kish, Gay San Diego [3/9/12]
- “THEATER REVIEW: Dated Vietnam War-themed ‘Story’ a mixed bag at Mo’olelo,” by Anne Marie Welsh, North County Times [3/8/12]
- “VOSD Field Trip to the Theater,” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [3/8/12]
- “‘How I Got That Story’ brings Vietnam back for a new generation,” by David L. Coddon, San Diego CityBeat [3/7/12]
- “How They Got ‘That Story’ to the Stage,” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [3/7/12]
- “‘How I Got That Story’ a high energy farce at Mo’olelo,” by Carol Davis, Examiner.com [3/6/12]
- “A Quirky War Story,” by Donnie Matsuda, The San Diego Drama King [3/6/12]
- “Arts Report: A Stomach for Pressure,” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [3/6/12]
- “THEATER REVIEW: “How I Got That Story” is a tour de force for two,” by Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News [3/6/12]
- “‘Paranoid and Neurotic and Nauseous’: A Play Opens,” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [3/6/12]
- Review by Charlene Baldridge [3/5/12]
- “HOW I GOT THAT STORY Opens at Mo`olelo,” Broadway World [3/3/12]
- “Play review: ‘Story’ has actors of valor,” by James Hebert. U-T San Diego [3/3/12]
- “It’s Opening Night in ‘Ambo Land,” by Kelley Bennett, Voice of San Diego [3/2/12]
- “She Costumes 21 Characters on a Budget,” by Kelly Bennett and Sam Hodgson, Voice of San Diego [3/1/12]
- “Vets’ Real Stories Compared to a Fictional War,” by Allie Daugherty, Voice of San Diego [2/28/12]
- “One Actor, 20 Characters. And the Soundtrack.” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [2/27/12]
- “Mo`olelo Goes to War with ‘How I Got That Story’,” by James Hebert, U-T San Diego [2/26/12]
- “The Show Should Feel Like a Wild Rollercoaster,” by Kelley Bennett, Voice of San Diego [2/24/12]
- “The Drama Of War Reporting,” by Claire Caraska, Angela Carone, and Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS [2/23/12]
- “Showing Actors How to Portray War’s Horror,” by Kelley Bennett and Sam Hodgson, Voice of San Diego [2/22/12]
- “How to Direct a Surreal Play,” by Kelly Bennett, Voice of San Diego [2/21/12]
- “Melding Artistry and Activism, Part 3,” by Donnie Matsuda, San Diego Drama King [2/5/12]
- “Melding Artistry and Activism, Part 2” by Donnie Matsuda, San Diego Drama King [2/4/12]
- “Melding Artistry and Activism, Part 1” by Donnie Matsuda, San Diego Drama King [2/2/12]
- “Top 5 to Watch in 2012,” San Diego Union Tribune, [1/1/12]