Moxie Theater Presents: Jade Heart — Family, Identity, and Home. Ticket Giveaways! [Video]


Family, Identity, and Home.

MOXIE THEATRE’s upcoming play:


“In uncovering the mystery of her past, she’ll discover the promise of her future.”


MOXIE THEATRE will close the chapter on their amazing 2013-2014 Season with JADE HEART by Will Cooper. Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, previews begin Friday, July 11th, 2014, with Opening Night on Saturday July 19th at 8PM and will continue thru Sunday August 10th.

Moxie wants to send five winners, one pair of tickets to each winner, for the Sunday Matinee performances during the play’s run. Details to enter this giveaway are at the end of the post!

JADE HEART tells the story of Jade McCullough, a woman abandoned as an infant in China and adopted to America by a single Caucasian mother. Moving backward and forward in time from Jade’s childhood until her mid-twenties, the play explores themes of identity, race, parent/child interdependency, and coming of age. While it touches on the issue of the Chinese Communist Party’s imposition of its one-child rule in 1979, the heart of the play is Jade’s journey toward understanding and forgiveness. It’s an emotional portrayal of the relationship between a mother and her daughter and the daughter’s struggle to answer questions about who she is and what she wants.

Playwright Will Cooper lives with his “weditor” Lynn in downtown Chicago. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College and a B.S. in Mathematics from Northwestern University. Cooper has strong San Diego roots. His father and mother became residents of the city in 1981. Over the years, he has spent many months in its environs.  A baby boomer who started writing plays later in life, Cooper has always loved theatre. His first play “Book of Leaves” was a finalist at the Ashland New Plays Festival and was produced outside Chicago to audience and critical acclaim.Since then he has written four more full-length plays, including “Jade Heart,” which was mounted at nationally renowned Chicago Dramatists in 2010. The Chicago Sun–Times described it as “rich in pathos and wit.”

Cooper has also written a number of one-act and ten-minute plays. All of his full-length plays have had staged readings at Chicago Dramatists as part of the company’s “Saturday Series”. His play “Movement Man” was selected to be performed at Theatre O in Boulder, Colorado, as part of the company’s new plays festival. Cooper’s latest play “Margin of Error” will receive a staged reading at San Diego’s award-winning Moxie Theatre on Monday, July 28th.

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, where she has directed many award winning productions. Other San Diego directing credits include plays for: Mo`oelo, ion Theatre, San Diego REP, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, Diversionary, SDSU, Eveoke Dance Theatre and The Playwrights Project. Honors: TCG’s New Generations Program: Future Leaders, San Diego REP; SD Theatre Critics Circle’s Des McAnuff New Visions Award and “Craig Noel” awards; Patte awards; Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award; Van Lier Directing Fellowship, Second Stage Theatre, NY; Drama League’s Directors Program, NY; and a Small Business Leader of the Year awarded by Senator Christine Kehoe. Delicia is married to designer Jerry Sonnenberg and proud mama of August and Zoë.

Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg will direct Dana Lau (JadeMcCullough ), Julie Sachs (Brenda McCullough), Albert Park (Mr.Wong, Tour Director, Duan Chengshi), Dana Byrne(China Mom, Mu Chang,Chinese Woman 1), Joyce Lai (Mei Blackmore, Liu Rushi, Chinese Woman 2, Care Giver) .

The creative team for JADE HEART includes Natalie Khuen (Scenic Designer), Sherrice Kelly (Lights), Emily Smith (Costume Designer), Emily Jankowski (Sound),Angelica Ynfante (Properties Master), Erica Paulson (Dramaturg), Missy Bradstreet (Production Manager) and Andy Scrimger (Technical Director) ; with Nicole Ries (Stage Manager).

Previews for JADE HEART begin Friday, July 11th. Opening Night on Saturday, July 19th at 8PM includes a post-show reception. It will play Thursdays through Sundays at 8PM, with Sunday matinees at 2PM, through August 10th, 2014. MOXIE Theatre is located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N, San Diego, CA 92115. Tickets: Opening Night – $40; Previews–$20; General Admission –$27; Seniors, Students, Military, AASD–$5 off general admission. Group rates available: 10 or more $20, 15 or more $15, special pricing available for student groups. Call 858-598-7620 or visit to purchase tickets.

To enter this giveaway, simply select a matinee date from the list below, and leave  a comment with your preferred date! Only the FIRST entry to each one of the FIVE performances will win a pair of tickets.

RULES: ONE entry per person. You may not select all the dates or your entry will be disqualified. NOTE: All tickets are for Matinee performances only!

Matinees are at 2pm. Please select ONE of these performance dates:

Sunday, July 13

Sunday, July 20

Sunday, July 27

Sunday, August 3

Sunday, August 10

A few more rules: Contest will close when tickets are awarded for all performances. NO EXCHANGES. These tickets have no cash value. Must be 18 or over to enter.


  1. Thelma de Castro says:

    Sunday, July 20 please!

    • Suzette Valle says:

      Thelma, you are the first to comment and ask for the July 20 tix. Congrats! Sending you an email with instructions. Enjoy!

  2. Jessica Au says:


    I am very excited about the opening of Jade Heart.I want to come support the amazing actors who put in so much time and effort into the show. I would love the tickets for the July 20th show! Thank you.

  3. Cindy Lewis says:

    Sunday, July 20

  4. Tweeted!

  5. Cindy Lewis says:

    Can’t wait to see ‘Jade Heart’ on August 3rd!

    Thank you,


  6. jessica au says:

    I am very excited to see the performance on July 27th!

  7. Claudette Santiago says:

    I’d like to see the show on August 10 please! 🙂

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