David Kleinberg – He Wants to Run

David Kleinberg’s
He Wants to Run

Limited Run!

In-Person at the San Francisco Studio Theater

Written & Performed by David Kleinberg Directed by Mark Kenward Developed with David Ford

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Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
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February 4 – 12, 2023
Saturdays at 7:30pm | Sundays at 2pm


Show Information

Tickets: $20 – $35 General Seating sliding scale | $50 & $100 Reserved Seating

Online ticket sales close 2 hours before each performance,
and additional tickets may be available for purchase at the door.

55 minutes | Ages 8+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

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About the Show

 “He Wants to Run” is the story of a guy who hates running and dogs, and how David ended up running with his neighbor’s dog for 13 years in Cloverdale and what Butler teaches David about living and dying.


“Well-written. Professionally performed. A tear-jerker. The hour flies by” – ​Edmonton Journal 

“A great show. So much love and heart. (It) made me laugh and brought me to tears. Truly inspired.” – Award-winning solo performer Jill Vice

“The kind of performer that makes you believe every word — a natural who doesn’t have a fake bone in his body.” – S. F. Theater Blog’s Doug Konecky

About the Performer

This is Kleinberg’s fourth solo theater work following his newspaper career. His last two one-man shows dealt with the Vietnam War. The first – “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” — charted David’s duty as an army combat correspondent in Vietnam in 1966. And his last work — “Return to the Scene of the Crime” – followed Kleinberg’s return to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to visit where his buddies died and try to perform “LBJ” under threat of arrest from the communist government.  Subsequently both Kleinberg’s Vietnam works received major runs at San Francisco’s prestigious Marsh Theatre, and outstanding reviews: The Washington Post wrote, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ!’ is as polished and moving a piece of theater as the Capital Fringe is likely to see (out of 119 shows).” Ex-Rolling Stone senior writer Mike Goldberg called ‘LBJ’: “Powerful, moving, must see.”  Before turning to theater, Kleinberg spent 10 years as a stand-up comedian, and appeared with five of Comedy Central Top 100 Comedians of All-Time, including Robin Williams, “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Richard Lewis and “Saturday Night Live’s” Dana Carvey. David also spent 34 years as an editor/writer at the San Francisco Chronicle from 1960 to 1994, the last 14 years as editor of the Sunday Datebook.