Announcing Mo`olelo’s Inaugural Season

September 10 to October 3, 2004: Remains

Join us for the world premiere of Remains, a new play written by Seema Sueko and developed by Mo`olelo! As part of our mission to uncover stories within different communities and bring them to life onstage, Mo`olelo is proud to present Remains, an intriguing story about real life on the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

September 10 to October 3, 2004.
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Preview September 9, 2004, 8 p.m.
The ARK Center for the Performing Arts, 3554 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Partially based on actual events, REMAINS is about an American college student, Laila Ahmed, who turns up dead in Tel Aviv. Her mother, Carol, receives her journal in the mail, through which she pieces together the last four months of Laila’s life. Thrown into the mix is congressional assistant Maggie Monson who promises to investigate the “situation.” Through the journal we meet good, bad, beautiful, ugly and funny people on all sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On the grand scale it’s a play about Truth – whose truth is true? On the small scale it’s about a mother and a daughter. Each performance will be followed by a discussion.
Cast & Crew
Details coming soon!
General Admission $20; Groups of 15 or more, $15 each Individual tickets go on sale August 1; Group sales begin June 30.

October 29 to November 14, 2004 : Play Reading Series:

Something Old, Something New…

Help determine future seasons of Mo`olelo by joining us for readings of three exciting plays and sharing your feedback. As part of our mission to produce original stories by contemporary playwrights and lesser-known classics by master playwrights, we present Something Old, Something New…, a play reading series. The three plays will be:

The Master Builder, a lesser-known classic by Henrik Ibsen
Born in 1828 in Norway, Henrik Ibsen is best known for his plays Hedda Gabler and A Doll’s House. Of all Ibsen’s plays, however, The Master Builder is the one that seems the most timeless and the most autobiographical. Written in 1892, it could have been written yesterday, raising questions of youth, aging and imagination, wrapped in the metaphor of architecture.

The Land Southward, a new play by Darcy Hogan
Throughout the 1950’s, the United States government conducted above-ground nuclear testing on Nevada’s soil and aimed the fallout directly toward rural Southern Utah. The “downwind” syndrome was born. The Land Southward is a non-linear, full-length play that explores and exposes one of the most deadly United States government conspiracies to date. The action moves quickly, and the audience may find itself laughing in one scene, crying in the next, wanting to scream, and then laughing all over again.

The Squirrel Wife, a work-in-progress by Kimber Lee
In a small town in southwestern Idaho, SaraLee St.Amor leads an apparently conventional life, while quietly hustling pool on the side – a fact that she judiciously hides from her fiance, Robert. When a tall and mysteriously well-dressed Korean woman appears in town, SaraLee suddenly finds her carefully constructed life threatened. A uniquely American fairy tale unfolds as SaraLee tries desperately to juggle the needs of the present with the overwhelming and inescapable desires of the past.

Check back for more details. Tickets go on sale September 1.

Coming in 2005…

Rocket to the Moon, by Clifford Odets (rights pending)

Directed by Brendon Fox, Associate Director of The Old Globe

Adoption Project, a new play written collaboratively by Mo`olelo Artists

Rosie O’Donnell. Barbara Walters. Monica and Chandler. We are inundated by images of adoption; from the “movie of the week” custody battle to the happily-ever-after fairytale ending. Yet the complexities of adoption are rarely exposed in their entirety. The Adoption Project is created from the diverse stories of real people and their experiences with the adoption process. It will take you to a place where myth meets reality, that world somewhere between Baby Jessica and Little Orphan Annie.