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26 Miles’ Balances Dark Issues With Wry Humor

Above: Cassie Benavidez (Beatriz) and Hannah Rose Kornfeld (Olivia) in Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company's production of "26 Miles."

Aired 9/29/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS

Seema Sueko, Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director of Mo'olelo. She is also the Director of '26 Miles.'

Jessica Van der Stad, Area Director of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Hannah Rose Kornfeld, actor, plays the part of Olivia and is working for her first time at Mo’olelo.

Cassie Benavidez, actor, plays the part of Beatriz and has been in over 60 motion picture and television projects.

Transcript

Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company's production of '26 Miles,' deals with heavy issues of divorce and suicide, balancing serious themes with comic elements. An adaptation of award-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes' play, '26 Miles' is the story of 15-year-old Olivia, a troubled teen who re-connects with her estranged mother through a roadtrip. Mo'olelo has partnered with national and community organizations, such as The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in order to raise greater awareness through the play.

"26 Miles" begins previews tonight and runs through October 23 at Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company Downtown on 10th Avenue.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | September 29, 2011 at 11:47 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

An adaptation of award-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes' play, '26 Miles'

I'm sorry, an "adaptation"? I've seen where long short stories or novels have been transformed into plays. (like NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND not long ago at La Jola Playhouse), but this is the first time I've ever read a play "adaptation" of a play!

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Missionaccomplished | September 29, 2011 at 9:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Come on, even my co-worker, actor has never heard of such a thing.

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