November 2, 2004
Press contact: Helen Dalrymple, (202) 707-1940, [email protected]
Anneliesa Clump Behrend (202) 707-9822, [email protected]
Public contact: Monica Mohindra, (202) 707-1071, [email protected]
THEATRICAL ADAPTATIONS OF "VOICES OF WAR" AND
"THE THINGS THEY CARRIED" TO BE PERFORMED
AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Three Performances of "Voices of War" to
Be Presented Nov. 12, 22 and 24
Produced by New York’s American Place Theatre (APT) and
the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, “Voices
of War: A Vietnam Nurse’s Journey,” will premiere
at the Library in honor of Veterans Day at 7 p.m. on Friday,
Nov. 12, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Thomas Jefferson Building,
101 Independence Ave S.E., Washington, D.C. The program is free,
but reservations are requested by calling (202) 707-1071.
The live performance is adapted from the memories of a courageous
Army nurse who served in Vietnam—Capt. Rhona
Marie Knox Prescott. Her story is one of many featured in the new book “Voices
of War,” which is published by the National Geographic
in cooperation with the Library of Congress.
The Nov. 12 evening will also include a special 45-minute performance
of Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War memoir, “The Things
They Carried,” first published in 1990.
Additional performances of “Voices of War” will
be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, and at 10:30 a.m. on
Wednesday, Nov 24, also in the Coolidge Auditorium. Learning
guides for teachers are available free of charge by calling (202)
707-1071. Tickets are not required for these performances; however,
reservations for groups of 10 or more are recommended.
The performances of “Voices of War” will illuminate
the challenges, triumphs and sacrifices made by millions of American
war veterans by using the account of one triage nurse, Prescott,
who served in Vietnam from February 1967 through February 1968.
Heartwarming and real, “Voices of War” honors her
experience as it teaches us about the demands of war, both physical
The performance is suitable for adults and high school age students.
O’Brien and Prescott will participate in a panel discussion
following the Nov. 12 performance, and copies of “Voices
of War” will be available for purchase and signing.
Written and directed by APT’s founding director, Wynn
Handman, “Voices of War” features Annie McGreevey
as Prescott and Dashiel Eaves in the role of O’Brien in “The
Things They Carried.” These performances are part of APT’s
innovative education program, “Literature to Life.” This
nonprofit, performance-based literacy program connects students
to reading and the theater through professionally staged and
acted adaptations of contemporary American literature taken from
current school reading lists.
Authorized by legislation passed in 2000, the Veterans History
Project calls upon veterans and their families to record their
stories and contribute personal documents to a growing archives
at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. Founding
sponsor AARP and hundreds of other organizations have joined
the Library of Congress in this effort.
Those who are interested in becoming involved in the Veterans
History Project are encouraged to e-mail the office at [email protected] to
request a project information kit. The kit is also available
on the Veterans History Project Web site at http://www.loc.gov/vets or
by calling the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848.
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