David Kleinberg, who served with the Army’s the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi in Vietnam from 1966 -67 as a combat correspondent has written a seventy-minute solo theater piece called “Hey, Hey, LBJ!” It is based on his experiences in the war.
“This is a very powerful and riveting work, ” Kleinberg says. “Even after all this time, I cried half the time I was writing this. If the piece shows anything, it clearly demonstrates how war taints just about everyone it touches.
“I suppose some people would call this an antiwar work. But I believe—as I’ve written at one point in the script–that there are just wars, but I don’t think this was one of them. And it’s very interesting that when I tell people of my generation the title of the piece, ‘Hey, Hey, LBJ, ’ they smile in irony, knowing very well how the rest of the chant went.”
It is part of the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. The next performance is tonight, July 16, at 9:30 at the Goethe Institut, and the final show is on Friday, July 18. Kleinberg is donating the net proceeds from these performances to Vietnam Veterans of America.