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The Drama Of War Reporting

Above: A scene from Mo`olelo Performing Arts' production of "How I Got That Story", starring Greg Watanabe (left) and Brian Bielawski (right).

Aired 2/23/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Seema Sueko is director of “How I Got That Story”, and co-founder and executive artistic director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.

Brian Bielawski is an actor, and plays the reporter in “How I Got That Story”.

Greg Watanabe is an actor, and plays “The Historical Event” in “How I Got That Story”.

Transcript

In the last two weeks alone, journalism has suffered the loss of three reporters covering some of the most dangerous conflicts around the world. A new production from Mo'olelo Performing Arts offers some dramatic context to these current events.

"How I Got That Story" may have been written in the 1970s, but it is as relevant as ever. It follows the adventures of a war reporter on assignment in a fictitious country not unlike Vietnam. Brian Bielawski plays the role of the reporter and Greg Watanabe plays “The Historic Element," a role encompassing 20 different characters, everyone from a newspaper bureau chief to a local prostitute. The play may explore serious themes like the human impact of war, but it also manages to weave in some dark comic elements.

Written by American playwright Amlin Gray, “How I Got That Story” first premiered at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in April 1979 and received the Obie Award two years later after its off-Broadway production in New York.

KPBS Midday Edition talks to the director, Seema Sueko, and the two actors performing in "How I Got That Story."

“How I Got That Story” begins previews tonight and opens March 2. The play runs through March 18 at The 10th Avenue Theatre in downtown. For more information, visit www.moolelo.net.

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