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Telling: Baltimore 2014
Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Baltimore, MD
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Telling: Baltimore 2014
Veteran Artist Program (VAP) presents Telling: Baltimore 2014
in partnership with Johns Hopkins University

Tuesday, November 11th
Location: Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Time: 8:00 PM

This is the 2nd production of Telling that VAP has produced in Baltimore and includes 10 veterans and family members.


Written by Max Rayneard
Directed by Alonzo Lamont
Produced by BR McDonald
Featuring Leanne Bledsoe, Susie Cooper, Aisha Dacosta, Karin Haapala-Rodney, Lisa Lutwyche, Nick Lutwyche, Tracy Miller, Jeremy Paris, Jim Perry and Maureen Stewart

About VAP:
VAP's mission is to support veteran artists working across five disciplines  Film, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Writing/Literature and Interactive Media - through networking, mentorship, collaborations and original productions. Since 2009, VAP has worked with national veteran and arts organizations to produce eight music/theatrical live events, filmed three 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 and one in the Bronx. VAP has conducted projects in New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Chicago, Orlando, San Diego, Denver and San Antonio. Projects include the Arts, Military + Healing Initiative in D.C., the opening of Bloomberg's Workforce1 Veteran Career Center in New York, the first-ever all veteran artist exhibit at the Pentagon and the Arts and Service Celebration in New York City. VAP has produced six productions of the acclaimed Telling Project and has been highlighted on CNN, Fox News, ABC, BBC, MSNBC and covered by NPR, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

The nonprofit organization was founded in Baltimore 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.

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.


Carver Center for Arts and Technology (View)
938 North York Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre

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


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