14 November 2013

'Veterans' Play Debuts at Fort Snelling 'Base Camp'

Telling the fictional story of the citizens and veterans of a small Midwestern town, the "Veterans Play Project" will be performed at the "Base Camp" multipurpose facility administered by the Boy Scouts of America's Northern Star Council. The facility address is 201 Bloomington Rd., Fort Snelling, Minn.

Opening is 7:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 15, although there is a Thursday evening preview performance. The play, created by the Footprints Performance Collective, runs through Nov. 24 and is part of the Mixed Blood Theatre series. The cast includes 22 actors and musicians, including 15 veterans and military personnel.

According to press materials, the script was inspired by more than a hundred interviews with veterans and service members: "The stories of new recruits, veterans, and advocates from all conflicts and on all sides weave together as the residents of Smedley face the dilemma of how to honor the memory of those who have served in their community."

Free tickets are "first-come, first-served," but may also be reserved for a $20 fee. Show times are 7:30 p.m. all days but Sunday. Sunday performances are 3 p.m. matinees. The Sat., Nov. 23 performance will feature audio description and American Sign Language interpretation.

For further ticket details click here, or call the box office at: 612.338.6131.

The project is also accepting donations toward the production costs at its GiveMN page.

Supporters of the production include:
  • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
  • Coming Home Collaborative at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
  • Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Minnesota Humanities Center
  • Minnesota National Guard
  • University of Minnesota Student Veterans Association
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Veterans in the Arts

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