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ACTORS . ACTRESSES . AUTHORS . PROFESSORS . DESIGNERS
MONDAY, NOV 13, 2017 | EVENTS STARTS at 7:00PM | RUDDER THEATRE
About this Show
Letters Home, performed by the Griffin Theatre Company, puts the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. This play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldiers’ experiences while deployed and separated from family and loved ones. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary Last Letters Home, and additionally uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books, Voices From the Front, Letters Home From America’s Military Family, Faith of Our Sons, and Keeping Faith.
“convincing look at the people serving are country”
– Tim Sauers, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Overture Center for the Performing Arts
“Extraordinary, Deeply Moving, The emotional impact of this 90-minute journey is profound”
– Chicago Sun Time
Collectively the production gives a voice to a generation that went to war against terror in Afghanistan and to war in Iraq, for reasons that are still being debated and who are still fighting and dying in those wars today. More importantly, the play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.
About the Artists
William Massolia and Richard Barletta are the founding Artistic Directors and founders of the Griffin Theatre Company. William is the author of over 30 plays and in almost 30 years of theatre, Richard has directed over 125 productions.
The members of the Ensemble are: Jon Berry, Joey deBettencourt, Vanessa Greenway, Cameron Harms, Paul Holmquist, Kevin Kingston, Dylan Lower, Morgan Maher, Bill Morey, Karyn Morris, Ian Novak, Edward Paul, Ellie Reed, Joe Schermoly, Lynda Shadrake, and Robin Witt.
The Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit, style and compassion for the audience. Griffin Theatre Company creates extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts.
Over the last twenty-five years the Griffin has provided a wide range of work including world and mid-west premieres of acclaimed scripts, critically lauded productions of Shakespeare and original adaptations of novels. Many of the Griffin’s 100 plus productions have appeared on Chicago area critics “Best of the Year” lists.
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For more information about The Griffin Theatre and Letters Home, please visit: griffintheatre.com/letters-home/