Pacific Arts Movement and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company Present 18MMW This Weekend

For the first time, Pacific Arts Movement and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company are joining forces to co-produce and co-present the nation's premier Asian American sketch comedy troupe, the award-winning 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (18MMW). Presented as part of Pacific Arts Movement's annual Spring Showcase, three live multi-media performances of 18MMW will take place this weekend, April 18-20, 2014 at the Mission Valley Digiplex Cinemas, marking the kickoff to Mo`olelo's 10th Anniversary Season, as well as 18MMW's 20th anniversary year.

The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors include the comic duo of Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe, who are the Asian American answer to "Key & Peele" and who have performed in cities from New York to Los Angeles, and Hong Kong to Vancouver. Asian Pacific Rim-related culture and news is hot, hot, HOT right now, from the mad antics of Kim Jong Un, to controversy over Lorde's Asian boyfriend to Katy Perry performing as a Geisha. And the Warriors are there with their wicked, no-holds barred comedic commentary and satire! Appearing with the warriors are special guests Jully Lee and Albert Park. This show includes their "greatest hits" sketches plus new material written just for San Diego audiences.

"Adding live theatrical performances to our Spring Showcase really excites us," said Pac-Arts executive director, Lee Ann Kim. "Because our work is primarily in film exhibition, partnering with Mo`olelo to present 18MMW diversifies our programming and audience."

Mo`olelo's Associate Producer, Donnie Matsuda, shared similar sentiments. "We at Mo`olelo are thrilled to be joining forces with Pac-Arts to introduce San Diego audiences to the irreverent style of sketch comedy that 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors does so well. The San Diego premiere of their latest theatrical show is sure to entertain with a mega-mix of comedy, activism, and artistic flair."

Tickets for "18 Mighty Mountain Warriors" are $20 for the general public and $16-18 for groups of 10 or more who book in advance. To purchase tickets, visit: CContact Taylor Wycoff ( for information about booking groups.

About Pacific Arts Movement: Best known for its San Diego Asian Film Festival, Pac-Arts serves more than 30,000 people a year through its year-round programs. As a catalyst of social change, Pac-Arts' mission is to create transformative experiences through the media arts. More at | | 619-400-5911

About Mo`olelo: Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company is a community-focused, socially-conscious, Equity theater company, recognized by the American Theatre Wing, the creators of the Tony Awards, as one of the most promising emerging theater companies in the nation. Mo`olelo produces three plays and arts education programs annually that prioritize communities traditionally underserved in American theater. Mo`olelo means "story" in Hawaiian and reflects the Company's vision to tell powerful stories as diverse as the peoples and islands of Hawaii. More at or 619-342-7395.

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