Fargo VA Health Care System
THE FARGO VA AND THEATRE B ANNOUNCES REGIONAL TOUR
The Fargo VA Health Care System and Theatre B, with license from Playscripts, Inc, is proud to announce a regional tour of Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez’s ReEntry. An unflinching look at the lives of Marines getting ready for and returning from combat, ReEntry is a docudrama exploration of the relationships between Marines and the civilians they fight for overseas and must contend with when they return home. Honest, moving, and surprisingly funny, this play is based entirely on interviews with Marines and their families.
How do you go from battlefields to backyard barbecues? What is the price paid by families at home when husbands, mothers, sons and sisters go to war? This surprising new play gives troops a voice as it puts aside politics and takes you into their world.
Performances will take place in several cities across the region:
- Friday, November 9th at 7:00 pm at the Empire Theater, Grand Forks
- Sunday, November 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, Fargo
- Saturday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bismarck Stage College Sidney J. Lee Auditorium, Bismarck
- Tuesday, November 20th, at Noon and 3:00 p.m. at the Fargo VA Health Care System, 2101 N. Elm, Fargo, ND
All performances will be Free and Open to the Public. Clinical staff from the Fargo VA Health Care System and North Dakota Military Service Center will be providing discussion groups after the performances.
The University of North Dakota Social Work Services Department, Bismarck State College Theatre Department, North Dakota Military Service Center, Empire Theater, and American Legion have all contributed to this event.
Directed by Theatre B Ensemble Member Brad Delzer, ReEntry will feature a talented cast, including Theatre B Ensemble Members Emily Clemenson and Mary Cochran, former Army Sergeant Keith Huff, as well Taylor Schatz, Jay Olson and Monika Browne.
Former Army Sergeant Keith Huff learned about the project from a professor and realized that he “has firsthand knowledge about what it is like to try to return home from a combat zone. I’ve never been on stage before, but I thought my experiences and passion for the subject could make me a good fit. It’s important for me to help tell the story that, yes, it is hard to come home, but don’t count us out yet, someday we will become the greatest generation.”
The performances are a collaboration between Fargo based Theatre B and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. “Reentry is a great way to increase awareness about Veterans issues,” said Fargo VA Health Care System Caregiver Support Coordinator Kathrine Smith. “Co-worker Deb Kunkel and I saw ReEntry at a conference about a year ago. We looked at each other and said ‘we have to bring this to Fargo.’ When I saw it I recognized so many of the same struggles that Veterans and their families face when they return to their homes in North Dakota and Minnesota. We hear the same stories that are presented in ReEntry at the VA Health Care System every day. By partnering with Theatre B, we hope to reach Veterans and their families to help show that they are not alone in their struggles and that there is help out there. We also want to get the general population involved in the conversation. To read an article about Veterans with PTSD is one thing, but to see it acted out on a stage has a far greater impact.”
ReEntry: Theatre B CAST LIST
C.O. and Others Jay Olson
John and Others Keith Huff
Charlie and Others Taylor Schatz
Liz and Others Emily Clemenson
Mom and Others Mary Cochran
Maria and Others Monika Browne
ABOUT THEATRE B
Theatre B engages regional audiences through innovative theatrical productions that are culturally and artistically invigorating. The ensemble of Theatre B believes strongly that the theatre is integral to a healthy cultural community, and that theatre has the power to inspire social action.
ABOUT THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.