Lake Placid, NY: To celebrate Veterans Day, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present the acclaimed touring theatre production of The Griffin Theatre’s Letters Home on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the LPCA Box Office at 518.523.2512 or online at www.lakeplacidarts.org.
About Letters Home
The production, adapted by The Griffin Theatre’s Artistic Director William Massolia and directed by ensemble member Kevin Kingston, puts the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by troops serving in the Middle East. Since its original run at the Chicago Cultural Center in January 2007 the production has become one of the most sought after national touring shows and has received critical acclaim throughout the United States. The production has been seen by over 50,000 people in 35 major US cities.
The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article The Things They Wrote and the subsequent 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 ongoing wars.
Although the title of the play implies that all the letters are from soldiers, the production chooses to include a small number of correspondences from parents. All the letters were written under the most difficult of circumstances: the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones, 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 than you are. They also help define patriotism and what it means to serve our country today through acts of bravery, compassion, social responsibility, a 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 for reasons that are still being debated and who are still fighting and dying in those wars today. It reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it.
About the LPCA
Now in its 41st season, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is dedicated to presenting and fostering quality arts which inspire, enrich, educate and entertain people of all ages. Located in the Adirondack Park of Northern New York, the LPCA consistently presents arts of the highest caliber in music, dance and theatre performances, film exhibitions and visual arts presentations. In addition, the Arts Center provides special arts-in-education programs, workshops and residencies for aspiring and renowned artists.