David Kleinberg

RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

Written & Performed by David Kleinberg
Directed by Mark Kenward
Light/Soundboard Operator: Alexa Almira

OPENING NIGHT on March 23!

March 16 – April 21 | San Francisco
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm

Special Event/Talkback: March 16 – 50th Anniversary of My Lai Massacre

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Best of Fringe –Nugget Fringe Festival 2018

“Truly riveting… as healing as it is painful, as refreshing as it is visceral. A must see at this year’s fringe!” –Nugget Festival Critic, Bennet Tyler

“Moving… a diamond in the rough.” –DC Theatre Scene

“Riveting… last 15 minutes astonishing!” –DCist 

Show Description

David Kleinberg returns to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to revisit the base camp where his buddies died and to perform his acclaimed solo theater work on the Vietnam War, “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” But David’s wife, daughter and his ex-Vietnam buddies all tell him he’s going to get arrested for trying to stage the work without the Communist government’s approval. David is up every night at 3 looking for the first flight home. David didn’t go Vietnam expecting to do a sequel to LBJ but that’s what happened. A powerful work on one veteran’s return to Vietnam to face his past, and the struggle to make peace.

Special Events

March 16th: On the 50th Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre, David will host a post-show panel/talkback on: “What Did the My Lai Massacre Say About the Nature of The Vietnam War and What Does It Mean for America Today?”Fundraiser, 100% of David’s share of the box office goes to the Vietnam vet non-profit group Swords to Plowshares.

 Friday March 23: Post-show audience talk back with David Kleinberg, author/performer of “Return to the Scene of the Crime.”

Friday March 30: Post-show audience talk back with David Kleinberg, author/performer of “Return to the Scene of the Crime.”

Friday, April 6: “American Divided, Then and Now” — America was torn apart during the Vietnam War. Today we are again torn apart. What is the difference between then and now? And did Vietnam lead to today’s divisions? Fundraiser, 100% of David’s share of the box office goes to The Marsh.

Friday, April 13: “What Was It Like for You to Go Back?” — A panel of Vietnam veterans discuss the war, their struggles and where they are today. Fundraiser, 100% of David’s share of the box office goes to Veterans for Peace.

Friday, April 20: Post-show audience talk back with David Kleinberg, author/performer of “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” just 10 days shy of the 43rd anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

Artist Biography

David Kleinberg has been doing solo theater performance for ten years. “Return to the Scene of the Crime” marks his third work. David was an editor and writer at the San Francisco Chronicle for 34 years, including 14 years as editor of the Sunday Datebook. David has also been a stand-up comedian for 10 years, appearing with Robin Williams, Richard Lewis and Dana Carvey. David wants to thank Marsh founder/artistic director Stephanie Weisman, his director Mark Kenward, teacher David Ford and other valuable people who have helped in his theater work including Charlie Varon, Rebecca Fisher, Julia McNeal, Wayne Harris and Leonard Pitt.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
March 16 – April 21 | San Francisco
Fridays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm
65 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 17+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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  • March 16, 2018 8:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 03-16-18 (SF)
  • March 17, 2018 5:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 03-17-18 (SF)
  • March 23, 2018 8:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 03-23-18 (SF)
  • March 24, 2018 5:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 03-24-18 (SF)
  • March 30, 2018 8:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 03-30-18 (SF)
  • March 31, 2018 5:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 03-31-18 (SF)
  • April 6, 2018 8:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 04-06-18 (SF)
  • April 7, 2018 5:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 04-07-18 (SF)
  • April 13, 2018 8:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 04-13-18 (SF)
  • April 14, 2018 5:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 04-14-18 (SF)
  • April 20, 2018 8:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 04-20-18 (SF)
  • April 21, 2018 5:00 PMReturn to the Scene of the Crime 04-21-18 (SF)
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