Drama Department’s "War Stories" Brings Variety of Military Voices to Life October 26-28
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Washington College Drama Department will
premier“War Stories,” an original play
adapted from the modern anthology of wartime writings, Operation Homecoming, the weekend of October 26-28.
The performances, scripted and directed by drama professor
Dale Daigle, will take place in Decker Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the
Arts, with two evening showings, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and a Sunday matinee
at 1 p.m.
had been searching for a piece that dealt with the issues of war, was
immediately drawn to “Operation Homecoming,” which was published by Random
House in 2006 and later made into a documentary film. “Within ten minutes I was
blown away by these people’s stories,” he says. “They were powerful and
compelling in very simple ways.”
Homecoming,” edited by “War Letters” author Andrew Carroll, was the result of a
program launched by the National Endowment for the Arts to encourage U.S.
Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and their families to write about their
experiences with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The final product is a
collection ranging from eyewitness accounts and letters to poems and private
journal entries, each offering a different perspective on the effects of war.
was full of stories from people of all walks of life, and all sides of war, and
I thought, ‘what a great place to start a piece,’” says Daigle of his source
material. This variety of perspectives
carried over into the adaptation of the script, he adds.“Unlike a normal play where you’re always
aware of the playwright’s voice, the voices here are infinitely different.”
has been a collaborative effort. Daigle has been discussing its development
with juniors Harris Allgeier, Kristin Hammond, Zach Weidner, and Phaedra Scott
since last June, and the play has continued to evolve with input from others in
the 11-member cast. Daigle hopes the play will prompt discussion of the stakes
of war and “remind us of its impact.”
most recent directorial work was the world premiere of All Blues by Robert Earl Price, a lecturer in creative writing and
drama at the College.That play debuted
at Washington College in the fall of 2011 and then traveled to 7 Stages Theatre
in Atlanta, Ga.In addition to Washington
College plays, Daigle has directed productions in Maine, Hawaii, Scotland,
Kyoto, Samoa, Denver, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
are priced at $5, or $3 for students and seniors, and proceeds will go to the
NEA to help fund future Operation Homecoming projects. For ticket reservations,
call 410-778-7835 or send an email to email@example.com.