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.
“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
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).
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.