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VAP Veterans Week Showcase 2014: Voices from War and Telling NYC
Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, NY
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VAP Veterans Week Showcase 2014: Voices from War and Telling NYC
Veteran Artist Program, Voices From War and The Telling Project present

VAP Veterans Week Showcase 2014

Sunday November 9th, 7:30 PM
Katie Murphy Amphitheater at the Fashion Institute of Technology
227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
veteranartistprogram.org

Literary Showcase: From the Front to the Home Front in Words

FEATURING:  National Book Award Nominee PHIL KLAY with poet, librettist, playwright MAURICE DECAUL, poet and educator LAREN MCCLUNG, and essayist (first-hand from Afghanistan) and fiction writer, NATHAN BRADLEY BETHEA.

Moderated by Kara Krauze (Founder, Voices from War)

There will be a 15 minute intermission, followed by:

Telling: NYC
Part of the VAP Veterans Week Showcase 2014

Telling: NYC will feature seven professional artists who are also military veterans, weaving their personal stories into performance.

Created by Jonathan Wei
Directed by Max Rayneard and Alex Mallory
Featuring Jerry Castanos, Michael Castelblanco, Elana Duffy, Natalie Lovejoy, Aaron Sheinberg, and Letrice Titus


About Veteran Artist Program:
Since 2009, VAP has worked with other veterans and groups to produce five music/theatrical live events, filmed two documentaries, one feature film, curated gallery exhibits, provided videography/photography services, and helped organize more than 30 community improvement projects, including painting two murals in Baltimore.

The nonprofit organization was founded by BR McDonald, an Army veteran, who studied vocal performance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Like so many other veterans, he put his creative ambitions on hold when he joined the military. Now, he and the VAP team are committed to helping other veteran artists realize their full potential  Art is an Option.

2012 projects included: the Arts, Military + Healing Initiative, the opening of the new Workforce1 Veteran Career Center in New York, an art exhibition at a national conference in Orlando, Florida, and the nationwide call for veteran artists for a special Pentagon art exhibition.

2013 is the year that VAP became a national organization offering programs in Washington, DC, San Diego, San Francisco and New York. The importance of creating opportunity for vets around the US has never been more important. Through partnerships with the Council of Colleges and Military Educators (CCME), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and mainstream media outlets in the greater NY Metro, VAP is bridging the gap between the military experience and a career in the arts.


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.

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Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology (View)
227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
United States


Categories

Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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