Thursday March 14, 2013

KEENE, N.H. -- The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College will present Griffin Theatre Company in "Letters Home" on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center.

"Letters Home" is an evocative and engaging play that brings to life authentic letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The play brings the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan front and center without politicizing and gives the audience a powerful portrait of the soldiers’ experiences and what it means to serve our country today.

Ticketsare $25 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens, children, KSC alumni, faculty and staff, and $5 for KSC students. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit www.keene.edu/racbp.

Leonard and Mary Ann Cowherd of Culpeper, Va., parents of Army 2nd Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd (killed in Iraq in May 2004), whose letters are read in "Letters Home," will participate in a Q&A session following the performance.

An exhibit of letters from Keene State students serving in World War II from the Drenan Collection will be displayed in the Redfern lobby. This exhibit is curated by the KSC Alumni Office from letters sent by soldiers to the late KSC English Professor Sprague Drenan.

"Letters Home" reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it. These letters were written under the most difficult of circumstance and reveal the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family and loved ones, and combat. The play also includes letters from the soldiers’ parents.

The production is inspired by The New York Times Op-Ed Article "The Things They Wrote" and the subsequent HBO documentary "Last Letters Home." It additionally uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer’s books.

Over the past 22 years, Griffin Theatre, based in Chicago, has provided a wide range of work including world and Midwest premieres, critically lauded productions of Shakespeare and original adaptations of novels. "Letters Home" was one of many Griffin Theatre productions that have been named to Best of the Year lists by Chicago-area critics.