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War letters are by their nature incredibly powerful and personal expressions of love and friendship between individuals put in extraordinary situations and their loved ones at home. the messages are universal. And with the rise in email and texting-letter writing is a lost art that should be cherished, remembered and illuminated.
The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Articles "The Things They Wrote" and the subsequently 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. The play, without politicizing, gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq.. The initial production was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for "Outstanding New Play."
Although the title of the play implies that all the letters are from soldiers, the piece includes a small number of correspondence from parents-their words, being no less important. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployments, separation from family and loved ones and combat, and occupation duties in Afghanistan and Iraq. One theme seems to unite their diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important then you are. They also help define for audience-patriotism and what it means to serve our country today, through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, sense of community and brotherhood. Collectively the production gives a voice to a generation that went to war against terror in Afghanistan and to war in Iraq. More importantly, the play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women who are still fighting those was today.
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