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Acclaimed “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” Coming to New Orleans Fringe!

Kleinberg at Cu Chi 1966

David Kleinberg, Cu Chi, Vietnam, 1966

David Kleinberg’s latest solo theater work, “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” – a powerful drama on the most divisive foreign war in America’s history – will be appearing at the New Orleans Fringe Festival at the Allways Theater from November 19 through the 23rd — five exciting shows.   http://www.neworleansfringe.org

The show as been acclaimed by the Washington Post’s Rachael Weiner: “Hey, Hey, LBJ! is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see this year (out of 119 shows).” Ex-Rolling Stone Magazine chief editor and senior writer Mike Goldberg says, ““Fantastic . . . powerful and moving . . . full house . . . standing applause . . . must see.” The piece won an encore performance at the recent Boulder Fringe Festival.

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Solo performer David Kleinberg

The work — written and performed by Kleinberg and directed by Mark Kenward — traces Kleinberg’s year as a combat correspondent for the army’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam. Kleinberg supports the war when he arrives but begins to have doubts as the year unfolds.

In the end, Kleinberg is on R&R partying in Bangkok while his public information office buddies are back in Vietnam in a roofless bunker under heavy rocket attack.

“It was interesting because after I returned from Vietnam, I thought I might write something,” says Kleinberg who worked as an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years. So I solicited detailed manuscripts from those who survived the bunker attack. But I never did anything. Forty-seven years later I had source material to turn to.

“This is a very powerful and riveting work,” Kleinberg adds. “Even after all this time, I cried half the time I was writing this. If the piece shows anything, it clearly demonstrates how war taints just about everyone it touches.
“I suppose some people would call this an anti-war work. But I believe — as I’ve written at one point in the script– that there are just wars, but I don’t think this was one of them. And it’s very interesting that when I tell people of my generation the title of the piece, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ’ they smile in irony, knowing very well how the rest of the chant went.”
“Hey, Hey, LBJ!” includes video clips from the President Johnson’s “Why Vietnam” speech; Kleinberg’s 8mm film of American units destroying a Vietnamese village for no apparent reason; scenes from Bob Hope’s 1966 Christmas Eve USO tour to the Cu Chi base camp (Hope: “I just want to remind you, America’s behind you . . . 18 percent!”); CBS’ Mike Wallace at the base camp the day after the Cu Chi rocket attack to ask why the victims’ bunkers had no tops; and Kleinberg’s powerful 1968 Anti-War Speech at San Francisco’s City Hall (which later appeared in PBS’ “Berkeley in the ’60s” and PBS’ “American Experience: LBJ”).
All net profits from “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” will be donated to groups assisting veterans of foreign wars.
Kleinberg initially served as a reporter in the field in Vietnam, and later edited the division newspaper. He was awarded the bronze star for his service. In civilian life, following retirement from The Chronicle, Kleinberg turned to comedy and solo theater. As a comedian, he has worked with the late

Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis. This is Kleinberg’s second solo theater work after his hit ground-breaking work “The Voice.”

NEW ORLEANS FRINGE FESTIVAL (TICKET PURCHASE)

http://www.nofringe.org/index.php/component/k2/303-hey-hey-lbj

 PLACE, DATES & TIMES

Marigny Theater

2240 St Claude Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70117
Wed November 19 5 pm
Thur November 20 7 pm
Fri November 21 7 pm
Sat November 22 7 pm
Sun November 23 7 pm
Price: $10
 WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“Hey, Hey, LBJ! is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see this year (out of 119 shows).” – Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

“Fantastic . . . powerful and moving . . . full house . . . standing applause . . . must see.” – Michael Goldberg, ex-senior writer/associate editor Rolling Stone Magazine

“Mesmerizing . . . powerful . . . moving . . . I laughed, I cried ” – Lynne Venart, Washington DCist

“Kleinberg’s black eyes pierced every member in the audience, his voice soft, yet strong enough to fluctuate at the drop of a hat . . . all eyes were fixated on him throughout . . . raw with emotion . . . deserves your attention.” – Jai Williams, DC Theater Scene

“Hey, Hey, LBJ! is an honest and uncompromising account of Kleinberg’s life in a combat zone and the aftermath . . . vivid and emotional . . . Kleinberg is a master of the dramatic pause.” — Vanessa Terzaghi, DC Metro Theater Arts

“Compelling . . . moving . . . engaging” – Elliot Lanes, Maryland Theater Guide

“At the end . . . (Kleinberg) holds up photos of his army brothers . . . faces of men just hanging on . . . Kleinberg’s eyes all amist, you see that he’s still there with them, fighting Johnson . . . and this whole fucked up world one performance at a time.” – Derek Hills, Washington City Paper

BOULDER FRINGE FESTIVAL (SEPTEMBER 2014)

WINNER: Best of Venue, Encore Performance

RADIO INTERVIEW — BOULDER COMMUNITY STATION KGNU

http://news.kgnu.org/2014/09/boulder-fringe-hey-hey

FACEBOOK
PERFORMED AT
San Geronimo Valley CC, Bay Area
Washington DC Fringe
Boulder Fringe
Marsh Theater, San Francisco (Segment)
Marsh Theater, Berkeley (Segment)
Kleinberg Anti-War Speech, SF City Hall, 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCx9gxhd680&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1

Civilian Biography

Newsman: David Kleinberg is a San Francisco native who was the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Datebook for 14 years during a 34-year editing/writing career at the newspaper. Comedian: Kleinberg has appeared with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis. Solo Theater Performer: Kleinberg’s ground-breaking work, “The Voice,” the story of Kleinberg’s recovery from sex addiction, ran for 18-shows in San Francisco last year; it was a hit at the 2012 Boulder Fringe, winning an encore performance and 18 web reviews (16 five star, 2 four star).

Vietnam Biography
From 1966 to 1967, David Kleinberg served as a combat correspondent for the army’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam, 25 miles northwest of Saigon. He want into the field with rifle and camera to report for the division’s newspaper, magazine and the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, and later edited the division newspaper. He was awarded the bronze star for his service, and left the army as a Specialist 5th Class.

‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’ — What the Critics’ Say — And Other Media Coverage

* “Hey, Hey, LBJ! is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see this year (out of 119 shows).” – Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

 Monologuing in D.C. is usually a young person’s game — 20- and 30-somethings dishing about sexual hijinks and embarrassing job interviews at U Street bar competitions. David Kleinberg’s “Hey, Hey, LBJ” is something else entirely. A 70-minute trip through his experience as a combat correspondent in Vietnam, the one-man show is as polished and moving a piece of theater as Capital Fringe is likely to see this year.

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Ex-combat correspondent David Kleinberg

With judicious use of historical news clips, ’60s rock and his own footage of Vietnamese fleeing a bombed-out village, Kleinberg traces his transformation from a patriotic war supporter who thinks he’s just too old to serve to an ardent opponent who has seen a year of combat in Cu Chi.Kleinberg, a former editor at the San Francisco Chronicle who discovered stand-up comedy in his 50s, depicts his old comrades crudely but mostly effectively with accents and facial expressions.

 The difference between a Vietnamese jungle tour, a Bangkok hotel hookup and an Atlantic City reunion is largely in subtle changes of stance and tone. While some scenes lag as Kleinberg lingers on the guilty doldrums of a posting that’s not quite in the war and not quite out of it, the low-level tension pays off in the end.After 11 years in Iraq and 13 in Afghanistan, a show about the horrors of a war that ended decades ago might seem beside the point. “Hey, Hey, LBJ” is a reminder that every war story has its own potent humor and horror. Forty years on, parody songs begging the Viet Cong not to kill non-vital artists and writers are still funny, as is an evocative account of a “s— burning duty” fiasco that serendipitously reveals an enemy tunnel. The bloodshed that follows is still sickening. And the complaints of a soldier with PTSD who, 32 years later, is still battling Veterans Affairs over disability are hardly old news at all.

OTHER REVIEWS

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Kleinberg with M14 & Nikon at Cu Chi 1966

* Fantastic . . . powerful . . . moving . . . full house . . . standing ovation . . . must see.” – Michael Goldberg, ex-senior writer/associate editor Rolling Stone Magazine

* “Mesmerizing . . . powerful . . . moving . . . I laughed, I cried ” – Lynne Venart, Washington DCist

* “Kleinberg’s black eyes pierced every member in the audience, his voice soft, yet strong enough to fluctuate at the drop of a hat . . . all eyes were fixated on him throughout . . . raw with emotion . . . deserves your attention.” – Jai Williams, DC Theater Scene

* “Hey, Hey, LBJ! is an honest and uncompromising account of Kleinberg’s life in a combat zone and the aftermath . . . vivid and emotional . . . Kleinberg is a master of the dramatic pause.” — Vanessa Terzaghi, DC Metro Theater Arts

* “Compelling . . . moving . . . engaging” – Elliot Lanes, Maryland Theater Guide

* “At the end . . . (Kleinberg) holds up photos of his army brothers . . . faces of men just hanging on . . . Kleinberg’s eyes all amist, you see that he’s still there with them, fighting Johnson . . . and this whole fucked up world one performance at a time.” – Derek Hills, Washington City Paper


MEDIA COVERAGE

DC Metro Theater Arts Advance Piece (Interview With David Kleinberg)

http://snip.ly/fgl#http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2014/07/04/capital-fringe-2014-preview-3/

Radio Interview With David Kleinberg on Boulder Community Station KGNU
http://news.kgnu.org/2014/09/boulder-fringe-hey-hey


HONORS

2014 DC Fringe Festival  — Sold-out 100 in-attendance for final show

2014 Boulder Fringe Festival — Encore Performance, Best at Venue

 

Links to David Kleinberg’s Work

Official LBJ Press Release

https://davidsvoice.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/hey-hey-lbj-official-press-release/

 

Official LBJ Photo Kit

https://davidsvoice.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/hey-hey-lbj-photo-selection/

 

“Hey, Hey, LBJ!” on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hey-Hey-LBJ/462689347182416

 

Village attack scene (David’s 8mm Film):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3vWNN38GMU&list=FLhHiQ5ZisYm1FJlWwT_s5Tg&index=5

 

Kleinberg Anti-War Protest, San Francisco City Hall, 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCx9gxhd680&list=FLhHiQ5ZisYm1FJlWwT_s5Tg&index=3

 

“Voice” 2012 Boulder Fringe Festival Reviews

http://www.boulderfringe.com/programs/2012/theater-2012/david-kleinberg/

 

What a Critic Says
“Fantastic . . . powerful and moving . . . full house . . . standing applause . . . must see.” – Michael Goldberg, ex-SF Chronicle entertainment writer, ex-senior writer/associate editor Rolling Stone Magazine, founder of Addicted to Noise, world’s first rock and roll web site

 

“Hey, Hey, LBJ!” 20-Minute Segment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtBMrhHtZQU

Early development segment work. Full piece will have played in Bay Area (June), Washington DC (July) and Boulder (September) before New Orleans.

 

“Hey, Hey, LBJ!” at Boulder Fringe in September — Washington Posts Says, ‘Polished . . . Powerful’

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Kleinberg at Cu Chi, Vietnam, 1966: David’s pro-war views change as events unfold

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David Kleinberg Today — John Carman Photo

David Kleinberg’s latest solo theater work, “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” – a powerful drama on the most divisive foreign war in America’s history – appears six times (September 19-27) at the Wesley Chapel (1290 Folsom Street, Boulder, Co) during the 10th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival. http://www.boulder fringe.com

The work — written and performed by Kleinberg and directed by Mark Kenward — traces Kleinberg’s year as a combat correspondent for the army’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam. Kleinberg arrives supporting the war, but begins to have doubts as the year unfolds. In the end, Kleinberg is on R&R partying in Bangkok while his public information office buddies are back in Vietnam in a roofless bunker under heavy rocket attack.

“It was interesting because after I returned from Vietnam, I thought I might write something,” says Kleinberg who worked as an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years. “So I solicited detailed manuscripts from those who survived the bunker attack. But I never did anything. Forty-seven years later I had source material to turn to.

“This is a very powerful and riveting work,” Kleinberg adds. “Even after all this time, I cried half the time I was writing this. If the piece shows anything, it clearly demonstrates how war taints just about everyone it touches. “I suppose some people would call this an anti-war work. But I believe — as I’ve written at one point in the script– that there are just wars, but I don’t think this was one of them. And it’s very interesting that when I tell people of my generation the title of the piece, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ’ they smile in irony, knowing very well how the rest of the chant went.”

“”Hey, Hey, LBJ!” includes video clips from the President Johnson’s “Why Vietnam” speech; Kleinberg’s 8mm film of American units destroying a Vietnamese village for no apparent reason; scenes from Bob Hope’s 1966 Christmas Eve USO tour to the Cu Chi base camp (Hope: “I just want to remind you, America’s behind you . . . 18 percent!”); CBS’ Mike Wallace at the base camp the day after the Cu Chi rocket attack to ask why the victims’ bunkers had no tops; and Kleinberg’s powerful 1968 Anti-War Speech at San Francisco’s City Hall (which later appeared in PBS’ “Berkeley in the ’60s” and PBS’ “American Experience: LBJ”).

“Vietnam was a unique conflict in American history,” Kleinberg says. “It was the first war where our soldiers could not see the enemy, it was the most divided war in American history, the first that America lost, and the last war to have a draft.”

Kleinberg is dedicating all net profits from “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” to veterans’ groups.

Kleinberg initially served as a reporter in the field in Vietnam, and later edited the division newspaper. He was awarded the bronze star for his service. In civilian life, following retirement from The Chronicle, Kleinberg turned to comedy and solo theater. As a comedian, he has worked with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis.

This is Kleinberg’s second solo theater work after his hit ground-breaking work “The Voice.”

‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’ on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hey-Hey-LBJ/462689347182416

Kleinberg Anti-War Speech, SF City Hall, 1968 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCx9gxhd680&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1

 

WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

* “Hey, Hey, LBJ! is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see this year.” (Out of 132 shows) – Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

* Fantastic . . . powerful . . . moving . . . full house . . . standing ovation . . . must see.” – Michael Goldberg, ex-senior writer/associate editor Rolling Stone Magazine

* “Mesmerizing . . . powerful . . . moving . . . I laughed, I cried ” – Lynne Venart, Washington DCist

* “Kleinberg’s black eyes pierced every member in the audience, his voice soft, yet strong enough to fluctuate at the drop of a hat . . . all eyes were fixated on him throughout . . . raw with emotion . . . deserves your attention.” – Jai Williams, DC Theater Scene

* “Hey, Hey, LBJ! is an honest and uncompromising account of Kleinberg’s life in a combat zone and the aftermath . . . vivid and emotional . . . Kleinberg is a master of the dramatic pause.” — Vanessa Terzaghi

* “Compelling . . . moving . . . engaging” – Elliot Lanes, Maryland Theater Guide

* “At the end . . . (Kleinberg) holds up photos of his army brothers . . . faces of men just hanging on . . . Kleinberg’s eyes all amist, you see that he’s still there with them, fighting Johnson . . . and this whole fucked up world one performance at a time.” – Derek Hills, Washington City Paper

PERFORMANCES

Wesley Chapel
1290 Folsom Street
Boulder, Co. 80302

Friday, Sept. 19, 8:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 20, 3 pm
Sunday, Sept 21, 8:30 pm
Wednesday, Sept 24, 5 pm
Friday, Sept 26, 8:30 pm
Saturday, Sept 27, 5:30 pm

Civilian Biography: Newsman: David Kleinberg is a San Francisco native who was the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Datebook for 14 years during a 34-year editing/writing career at the newspaper. Comedian: Kleinberg has appeared with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis. Solo Theater Performer: Kleinberg’s ground-breaking work, “The Voice,” ran for 18-shows in San Francisco last year; it was a hit at the 2012 Boulder Fringe, winning an encore performance and 18 web reviews (16 five star, 2 four star).

Vietnam Biography From 1966 to 1967, David Kleinberg served as a combat correspondent for the army’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam, 25 miles northwest of Saigon. He want into the field with rifle and camera to report for the division’s newspaper, magazine and the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, and later edited the division newspaper. He was awarded the bronze star for his service, and left the army as a Specialist 5th Class.

“Hey, Hey, LBJ!” Photo Kit

Kleinberg at Cu Chi 1966

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David Kleinberg with poster for “Hey, Hey, LBJ!”

 

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David Kleinberg

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Author/performer David Kleinberg All current photos by John Carman

Guns & Words

Guns and Words

Medals of Honor

David’s Medals of Honor

‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’ Official Press Release

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David Kleinberg at Cu Chi 1966

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David Kleinberg, author/performer, ‘Hey Hey, LBJ!’ — Photo by John Carman

David Kleinberg’s latest solo theater work, “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” – a powerful drama on the most divisive foreign war in America’s history – will be appearing in multiple places this year.

September 17-28 – Boulder Fringe (5 dates) http://www.boulderfringe.com

October 6 — Marsh Theater, San Francisco, segment. www.themarsh.org

October 20 — Marsh Theater, San Francisco, segment. http://www.themarsh.org

November – New Orleans Fringe (5 dates) http://www.neworleansfringe.org

The work — written and performed by Kleinberg, directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford of the Marsh Theater, San Francisco — traces Kleinberg’s year as a combat correspondent for the army’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam. Kleinberg arrives pro-Johnson and the war, but begins to have doubts as the year unfolds.

In the end, Kleinberg is on R&R partying in Bangkok while his public information office buddies are back in Vietnam in a roofless bunker under heavy rocket attack.

“It was interesting because after I returned from Vietnam, I thought I might write something,” says Kleinberg who worked as an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years. So I solicited detailed manuscripts from those who survived the bunker attack. But I never did anything. Forty-seven years later I had source material to turn to.

“This is a very powerful and riveting work,” Kleinberg adds. “Even after all this time, I cried half the time I was writing this. If the piece shows anything, it clearly demonstrates how war taints just about everyone it touches.
“I suppose some people would call this an anti-war work. But I believe — as I’ve written at one point in the script– that there are just wars, but I don’t think this was one of them. And it’s very interesting that when I tell people of my generation the title of the piece, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ’ they smile in irony, knowing very well how the rest of the chant went.”
“”Hey, Hey, LBJ!” includes video clips from the President Johnson’s “Why Vietnam” speech; Kleinberg’s 8mm film of American units destroying a Vietnamese village for no apparent reason; scenes from Bob Hope’s 1966 Christmas Eve USO tour to the Cu Chi base camp (Hope: “I just want to remind you, America’s behind you . . . 18 percent!”); CBS’ Mike Wallace at the base camp the day after the Cu Chi rocket attack to ask why the victims’ bunkers had no tops; and Kleinberg’s powerful 1968 Anti-War Speech at San Francisco’s City Hall (which later appeared in PBS’ “Berkeley in the ’60s” and PBS’ “American Experience:LBJ”).
All net profits from “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” will be donated to groups assisting veterans of foreign wars.
Kleinberg initially served as a reporter in the field in Vietnam, and later edited the division newspaper. He was awarded the bronze star for his service. In civilian life, following retirement from The Chronicle, Kleinberg turned to comedy and solo theater. As a comedian, he has worked with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis. This is Kleinberg’s second solo theater work after his hit ground-breaking work “The Voice.”
What the Critics Say
“Hey, Hey, LBJ! is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see this year (out of 119 shows).” – Rachel Weiner, Washington Post

“Fantastic . . . powerful and moving . . . full house . . . standing applause . . . must see.” – Michael Goldberg, ex-senior writer/associate editor Rolling Stone Magazine

“Mesmerizing . . . powerful . . . moving . . . I laughed, I cried ” – Lynne Venart, Washington DCist“Kleinberg’s black eyes pierced every member in the audience, his voice soft, yet strong enough to fluctuate at the drop of a hat . . . all eyes were fixated on him throughout . . . raw with emotion . . . deserves your attention.” – Jai Williams, DC Theater Scene

“Hey, Hey, LBJ! is an honest and uncompromising account of Kleinberg’s life in a combat zone and the aftermath . . . vivid and emotional . . . Kleinberg is a master of the dramatic pause.” — Vanessa Terzaghi, DC Metro Theater Arts

“Compelling . . . moving . . . engaging” – Elliot Lanes, Maryland Theater Guide

“At the end . . . (Kleinberg) holds up photos of his army brothers . . . faces of men just hanging on . . . Kleinberg’s eyes all amist, you see that he’s still there with them, fighting Johnson . . . and this whole fucked up world one performance at a time.” – Derek Hills, Washington City Paper

‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’ on Facebook
Kleinberg Anti-War Speech, SF City Hall, 1968

Civilian Biography:

Newsman: David Kleinberg is a San Francisco native who was the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sunday Datebook for 14 years during a 34-year editing/writing career at the newspaper. Comedian: Kleinberg has appeared with Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Sinbad and Richard Lewis. Solo Theater Performer: Kleinberg’s ground-breaking work, “The Voice,” the story of Kleinberg’s recovery from sex addiction, ran for 18-shows in San Francisco last year; it was a hit at the 2012 Boulder Fringe, winning an encore performance and 18 web reviews (16 five star, 2 four star).

Vietnam Biography
From 1966 to 1967, David Kleinberg served as a combat correspondent for the army’s 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam, 25 miles northwest of Saigon. He want into the field with rifle and camera to report for the division’s newspaper, magazine and the military newspaper Stars & Stripes, and later edited the division newspaper. He was awarded the bronze star for his service, and left the army as a Specialist 5th Class.

 

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