“Americans need to know.“
-Secretary of the Army Togo West, Coolidge Auditorium, 2012
First blocking rehearsal on Sunday March 24 at Austin Community College -
Read all about it at our “Telling: Austin, TX” blog.
Congratulations to the cast OF “Telling: Des Moines,” performed November 8-10, 2012. Three excellent, well-attended performances brought the individuals and stories of central Iowa’s veterans to their community. NPR affiliate Iowa Public Radio’s interview with a few cast and crew can be found HERE.
May 18th, 2012, The Telling Project performed at Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, with the support of the Veteran Artist Program and the Veteran History Project. This was the 8th original production of The Telling Project. Click above for the full streaming recording of this performance, filmed and edited by Vets on Sets of the Veteran Artist Program.
The 7th production was performed May 14-16 and May 24, 2012 at Donaldson Correctional Facility outside of Birmingham, AL, working with a group of 6 incarcerated veterans and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama Prison Arts +Education Project.
Eastern Iowa Life, December 3, 2011 – click HERE to link to article
With the University of Iowa Veterans Association and Working Group Theatre, and with the generous support of Humanities Iowa/National Endowment for the Humanities and many others, “Telling: Iowa City” was the 6th original production of The Telling Project. For those unable to make the performance, you can view it online by clicking the photograph above.
“It was by far the best performance I’ve seen this season.” Ben Waterhouse, Willamette Week
“Whatever else you’re doing this weekend, you should drop it.“ Bayard Woods, What Weekly
(click quote to see the article)
The Telling Project works with communities and organizations to produce “Telling,” – an innovative performance in which military veterans and their family members, after interviews and subsequent training and rehearsal, stage the ‘telling’ of their stories for their communities. The Telling Project creates opportunities for veterans to speak and their communities to listen. The Telling Project has has performed in 14 cities and 9 states since 2008, putting over 50 veterans and veterans family members on stage to tell their stories of military life to their communities.
The Telling Project is a direct response to a critical disconnect between the veteran and civilian communities during a time of war. Understanding soldiers’ experience is fundamental to the responsible execution of the rites of citizenship in a free society. While access to information concerning issues and events is greater than it has been at any time in history, contact between veterans and civilians on a community and individual level is at historic lows. Less than one percent of the US population has served over the last decade. The Telling Project provides a forum in which citizen veterans and their family members can speak directly to their own communities concerning their experiences, humanizing and making immediate what are otherwise abstract and polarizing ideas and issues. In an era of divisive and polemical rhetoric, The Telling Project pursues meaningful, nuanced and complex conversations concerning issues of vital importance to communities, the nation and the world.
The Telling Project hearkens to the origins of theatre as a ritualized communal conversation, in which experiences which might otherwise threaten societal cohesion become instead vital and engaged elements in individual, communal and national identity. The Telling Project is performance, oral history and collective mythologizing to the end of broadening and deepening individual connection to community, nation and the world.
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