Announcing Birthday Bash

January 13, 2009

For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Seema Sueko, 619-342-7395





Birthday Bash Celebration with Since Africa at The Old Globe

Saturday, February 14, 2009, 2 PM


January 14, 2009 – San Diego, CA – Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego’s socially-conscious community-focused Equity theater company, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a Birthday Bash fundraiser on February 14, 2009. The event will include the 2 PM performance of Since Africa by Mia McCullough at The Old Globe, followed by an exclusive reception in The Old Globe rehearsal halls.


Originally produced in San Diego by Mo`olelo and directed by Mo`olelo’s Artistic Director, Seema Sueko, Since Africa tells the story of a Lost Boy of Sudan refugee and his resettlement into life in urban America. The leadership of The Old Globe saw Mo`olelo’s award-winning production in 2006, and asked Sueko to direct the play as part of The Old Globe’s 2008-2009 Winter Season. “It’s a nice feather-in-our-cap that The Old Globe elected to produce this play after seeing our production, and we are thrilled to see Seema make her Old Globe directorial debut,” said Mo`olelo’s Board President, Clifford D. Sweet, III. “What a wonderful way to celebrate our fifth birthday,” he continued.


Mo`olelo’s Birthday Bash starts at 2 PM with the matinee performance of Since Africa at The Old Globe’s Copley Arena Stage. The exclusive post-show reception, catered by Viva Pasta, will take place in The Old Globe rehearsal halls and will include raffle prizes donated by the Westgate Hotel, Ivy Hotel, Bali Hai, Jake’s Del Mar, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Barona Valley Resort & Casino, and more. Tickets to the Mo`olelo Birthday Bash are $100 and $150 and are available at or 619-342-7395.


Event Details

What:                           Mo`olelo Birthday Bash

When:                          Saturday, February 14, 2009, 2:00 PM

Where:                        The Old Globe Copley Arena Stage & Rehearsal Halls

Cost:                            $100 – $150

Info & Resrvations:     619-342-7395 and



About Mo`olelo:

Mo`olelo means story in Hawaiian. Selected as the inaugural Resident Theatre Company at La Jolla Playhouse, Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company is a socially-conscious theater organization dedicated to broadening the scope of San Diego’s cultural environment by telling powerful stories that are as diverse as the islands of Hawaii while paying Equity wages to local actors and developing environmentally-friendly theater practices. A recipient of the Patté, McDonald Playwriting and the Anti-Discrimination Awards, its mission is to create new works based on research within various communities, produce lesser-known works by master and contemporary playwrights, and to educate youth.

To learn more, visit or call 619-342-7395.




Birthday Bash, page 2

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company

Five Year Production History


¨       2004 – remains by Seema Sueko

·          Original play about Israeli-Palestinian conflict

·          Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Artistic & Cultural Achievement Award; KPBS Patte’s McDonald Award for Playwriting.

·          Productions & readings in Chicago, San Francisco & Minnesota

·          Taught at University of Puget Sound Theater Classes


¨       2005 – A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro

·          A play a bout the American women who served in the Vietnam War

·          Unique partnership with Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

·          Launched Mo`olelo’s innovative Three Part Arts Education Outreach Program


¨       2006 – Since Africa by Mia McCullough

·          A play about Lost Boy of Sudan’s resettlement in urban America

·          Sold out before opening

·          MY HOME Literacy-through-Theatre After School Program in partnership with International Rescue Committee

·          KPBS Patté Award for Theater Excellence: Outstanding Ensemble

·          Selected for 2008-2009 season at The Old Globe


¨       2007 – The Adoption Project: Triad by Kimber Lee

·          An original play, commissioned by Mo`olelo about the complexity of the adoption experience told from multiple perspectives

·          Community Art Installation Project


¨       2007 – Cowboy Versus Samurai by Michael Golamco

·          Contemporary, Asian American re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac

·          Partnership with Asian Business Association

·          Patté Award for Lighting Design

·          San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award for Sound Design


¨       2008 – Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons

·          A play about art, race, representation & the media inspired by The Barnes Foundation

·          Partners: Young Audiences, San Diego Museum of Art


¨       2008 – Night Sky by Susan Yankowitz

·          A play about traumatic brain injury and aphasia

·          Partnerships with San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, Sharp HealthCare Rehabilitation Services / ThinkFirst program, Disability Awareness Network, National Aphasia Association

·          Inaugural play in residence at La Jolla Playhouse


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