AMERICAN SOLDIERS to Open at the American Legion Hollywood Post 43, 11/11
A cast of military veterans is set to perform American Soldiers, a play by Matt Morillo, at American Legion Hollywood Post 43, opening on Veteran's Day, Monday, November 11 at 8pm. The play had its world premiere in 2010 at Theater for the New City in New York. Since that time, as the subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has become very prominent, American Soldiers has been finding new and growing audiences.
American Soldiers tells the story of the Colletti Family, an upper middle class suburban family being torn apart when the eldest daughter returns from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Carlo Sr., the patriarch and PTSD sufferer from his time in Vietnam, must try and keep the family together while confronting his own responsibility in his daughter's suffering. The play examines the power of family destiny, the urge of children to break away, and an American culture that subjects generation after generation to the horrors of war.
Sergeant Drea Garcia, an Iraq veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003-2008, is the force behind this brief run of American Soldiers at American Legion Hollywood Post 43, and she will perform in the play. Directed by Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Luis F. Soto, the cast will also include Iraq veterans Staff Sergeant Robert Kugler and Staff Sergeant Chris Loverro, Vietnam-era veteran Max Thayer, along with civilian Cynthia Aldrich, who has performed in the play before. The set and lighting design are by P. David Miller. The producers are Drea Garcia, Jessica Moreno and Matt Morillo.
All proceeds will benefit Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. For more information, visit www.TeamRubiconUSA.org.
American Soldiers opens on Monday, November 11 at 8pm. Performances will continue Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 12, 13, and 14 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at www.plays411.com/americansoldiers or via phone at (323) 960-7738. American Legion Hollywood Post 43 is located at 2035 Highland Avenue in Los Angeles, 90068.