Christopher Johnston's Vietnam Play GHOSTS OF WAR Gets NYC Reading
Based on extensive interviews with a retired Marine officer who served in Vietnam, Christopher Johnston's new play, The Ghosts of War, chronicles Jim Kyle's four-decade search to learn what happened to his friend, Danny Nicklow, who was killed in action at Khe Sanh in 1967.
Danny was a member of the 1/9 (First Battalion, Ninth Marines), better known as The Walking Dead. At Khe Sanh, the 1/9 was basically annihilated, suffering the highest loss rate in US Marine history.
The play explores three Marines who served in Vietnam: One dies and leaves his promise unfulfilled; one is severely wounded and remains haunted by war; one loses his family in an act of angry self-destruction, but finds redemption when he uncovers the truth about his friend's heroic death.
Ghosts of War is written by Christopher Johnston and is directed by Joe Ricci. The cast features the talents of Michael Cullen (Trayf, Exit Strategy) as Jim Kyle, Ben Maters (Wild Party, A Man of No Importance), Nick Ritacco (Othello, Homeland), and Kaleigh Cronin (A Bronx Tale, Jersey Boys).
Ghosts of War will take you inside the lives of combat veterans and the specters that haunt them for the rest of their lives.
There will be two, invitation-only presentations on Monday, November 6th, at 2 pm and 5:30 pm, at The Bridge Theatre @ Shetler Studios (244 W 54th St. 12th Floor). For reservations, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.