Veteran Artist Program (VAP) presents
Telling: Baltimore 2014
in partnership with Johns Hopkins University
Location: The Head Theater at Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202
Time: 8:00 PM
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This is the 2nd production of Telling that VAP has produced in Baltimore and includes 10 veterans and family members.
Compiled by Max Rayneard
Directed by Alonzo Lamont
Produced by BR McDonald
Featuring Leanne Bledsoe, Susie Cooper, Aisha Dacosta, Karin Rodney-Haapala, Nick Lutwyche, Tracy Miller, Jeremy Paris, Jim Perry and Maureen Stewart
About The Telling Project:
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.
This production of Telling: Baltimore is made possible by the generous support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.