On October 15, 2011, our friends at Interactions for Peace and University of San Diego Character Development Center will be presenting a “Regional Bullying Behavior & Violence Prevention Symposium.” This is part of a multi-year collaborative community project focused on “transcending the culture of bullying and violence which pervades all levels of our community.”

Mo`olelo is a “Community Solutions Partner” in these efforts as our upcoming production, 26 Miles, touches on home and school bullying.

To prepare for the Symposium, Interactions for Peace created a short four-question survey about bullying and would appreciate your participation in this study. You may find instructions and the survey worksheets through the links below.

I4P Bullying Survey Instructions

I4P Bullying Worksheets

We encourage you to complete the worksheets anonymously and send them to i4pfocusgroup@gmail.com. Please contact Interactions for Peace for more information.


26 Miles Sneak Peek!

July 1, 2011

The 26 MILES Sneak Peek is SOLD OUT! The show will run as a full production September 29 – October 23. Check www.moolelo.net after August 9 for tickets. Mahalo!

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company invites you to a SNEAK PEEK!

Painting "Buffalo Crossing" by Jerry Lofaro; Design by Sarah Loffler

Join us on Tuesday, August 9 for a sneak peek of the play 26 Miles, which will run as a full production at Mo`olelo from September 29 – October 23, 2011.

Participants will enjoy a 20- minute reading of excerpts from the play, meet the cast, and learn about sponsorship opportunities and get special ticket discounts only available at the sneak peak.

It’s all free.
There will be food and drink, but space is limited so RSVP early.

DATE: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

TIME: 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:00 p.m. sneak peek

LOCATION: The 10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

HOW MUCH: Free, Space is limited

RESERVATIONS:  carlenne@moolelo.net or 619-342-7395

About the play:

26 Miles
By Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by Seema Sueko

A 4:30 am phone call
A magazine photo
A magical tamal seller
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
26 Miles is the story of a half-Cuban, half-Jewish 15-year-old girl kidnapped by her estranged mother and their cross-country search for antiques, buffalo and each other.

For information and tickets to the SNEAK PEEK or the full production, visit www.moolelo.net, call 619-342-7395 or email carlenne@moolelo.net.

On May 17, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, announced the recipients of their FY2011 Round Two grants… Mo`olelo will receive $20,000 to support our upcoming production 26 MILES, its concurrent arts education program THREE PART ARTS, and our partnership with Kids’ Turn San Diego on this production!

An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.”

You can read more about the latest NEA arts grants here: http://arts.gov/news/news11/grant-announcement-may.html

You can find state by state listings of all grants inFY2011 Round Two here: http://arts.gov/grants/recent/11grants/states2/index_states2.html

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.  To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

26 Miles visual id

April 30, 2011

Here’s what graphic designer Sarah Loffer is cooking up for the 26 MILES visual identity:

The painting, “Buffalo Crossing”  is by Jerry Lofaro. You can find more of his work here:http://jerrylofaro.com/#home

26 Miles Auditions

April 8, 2011

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company is holding auditions for its 2011 production of 26 MILES by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Complete details are below.

Production: 26 MILES by Quiara Alegría Hudes

 Theatre: Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company

 Director: Seema Sueko

 Audition Date/Time:
Saturday, April 23, 2011 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00 PM)

Production Info:
Rehearsals begin: August 30, 2011
Previews begin: September 28, 2011
Closing: October 23, 2011

 Contact Information:
Email auditions@moolelo.net by noon on 4/22 with your name, phone, email address and union status to request an audition time.

You may show up at the theater on the day of the audition, 4/23, starting at 9:00 AM to sign up for any remaining audition spots.

Pay Rate: Equity SPT Cat 5 Contract: $338/week, plus health and pension (NonUnion actors are also paid $338/week)

Location of Audition: The 10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Please allow plenty of time to park, and bring quarters for the meters ($1.25/hour)

Description: Seeking Equity and non-Equity actors local to San Diego for Mo`olelo’s production of 26 MILES by Quiara Alegría Hudes. See character breakdown for details.

 Prepare: Please prepare a brief contemporary monologue and bring your current picture and resume.

Character Breakdown/Description:

OLIVIA: 15 years old. Half Cuban, half Jewish. Looks white.

 BEATRIZ: Olivia’s mother. 40s. Cuban, dark skin (doubles as Janet)

 AARON: Olivia’s father, 40s. Jewish (doubles as Joe, Attendant, and Reader 2)

 MANUEL: Beatriz’s husband. 40s. Cuban (doubles as Tamál Seller, Uemura, and Reader 1)



By Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by Seema Sueko 
In partnership with Kids’ Turn San Diego

September 28 – October 23, 2011
Mo`olelo at The 10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The time is 1986. Olivia is a half-Cuban, half-Jewish 15-year old. She writes ‘zines, reads National Geographic and her parents are divorced. She doesn’t fit in at school and she doesn’t fit in at home with her new step-mother’s rules. After a particularly bad day culminating with an attempt to swallow sixteen ibuprofens, she calls her estranged mother and the two embark on a spontaneous road trip, where they find antiques, spot buffalo, and finally talk about the hurts of the past.

Advance Ticket Vouchers
Advance ticket vouchers for 26 Miles are currently on sale. When you purchase your ticket early, you assist Mo`olelo with cash flow and ensure you get the best deal for the show!

$18 per voucher
$68 for four vouchers
$128 for eight vouchers
$150 for 10 vouchers
Voucher holders will be the first to be notified when reservations are being accepted for 26 Miles, and the vouchers are good for any performance including the press opening night performance and post show party!

To order your voucher:
1) Write a check payable for Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company and mail it to:
PO Box 710564
San Diego, CA 92171-0564

Or call 619-342-7395 to order your voucher by credit card over the phone.

2) We will mail you your voucher and notify you when you may begin making your reservations.

Getting the voucher as a gift for someone special? Let us know and we’ll send the voucher as a gift certificate wrapped in the Mo`olelo red mailer.

Please feel free to contact us at 619-342-7395 with any questions.