VA social worker and Air Force veteran Kiniko Willingham was in the audience at the November 19th matinee performance of Much Ado About Nothing. She joined audience and cast members for a post-show discussion about the plight of female veterans and service members. The actresses found commonality with Kiniko regarding their respective experiences in traditionally male roles. They talked about how the arts can access buried emotions and produce a deeper understanding of difficult issues. On a lighter note, Kiniko was asked whether or not it’s appropriate to tell a woman she’s beautiful. Short answer: It depends. Check out the video clip for her full response. The final three performances of Much Ado About Nothing will be held on December 1-3. Click here for info/tickets.
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Jeff Norman and Greg Proops agree that working with veterans is one of the only things that could unite our divided nation.
After enlisting at the age of 19, Dan Tapia reluctantly left the US Navy due to severe physical injuries. Although he’s been diagnosed as a quadriplegic, Dan has worked vigorously for many years as a cicerone, barman, bar manager, busser, barback, bouncer and grunt of every kind. When a high-end Beverly Hills restaurant where he had landed a sommelier position refused to accommodate his disability, Dan decided to establish his own restaurant in Long Beach, CA. Fourth and Olive opened in November of 2016 to rave reviews, and is now set to serve as a springboard for other veteran-operated food and beverage ventures throughout the nation.