Company: Griffin Theatre CompanyDate: Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 10am & 12:30pmCurriculum Connections: Language Arts, HistorySuggested Audience: Grade 7-12Study Guide
Description: Letters Home puts the current wars in Afghanistan & Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. Using letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books the play, without politicizing, gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the ongoing war. In addition to letters from soldiers, the piece includes a small number of correspondences from parents. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones and combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. The actors also help define for the audience—patriotism and what it means to serve our country today, through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, and sense of community. More importantly, the play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.
Please note: running time is 90 minutes
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