Saturday, May 22, 2010

Upcoming: American Volunteers, staged reading and talk-back, May 23 (only)

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We are proud to announce that The University of Texas at Austin's English Department is hosting a free staged reading of American Volunteers, the award-winning play by UT student and former Army ranger Johnny Meyer. The performance will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 23rd at the Jessen Auditorium, located in the six-pack at the University of Texas. The staged reading will be followed by a Q&A session with the cast and playwright.

American Volunteers was recently nominated for the David Mark Cohen New Play Award by the Austin Critics' Table, and won the $20,000 George H. Mitchell Co-op Award.

American Volunteers follows a squad of special operations Rangers as they patrol the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The play focuses on the three sergeants responsible for leading the squad, and the conflict that arises as each pursues life, liberty, or happiness. The plot unfolds under the eyes of a female soldier briefly attached to the squad, and a metamorphic Chorus. Warning: Strong language, violence, and meter.

Click for news accounts and reviews of the performance staged at the Blue Theatre in January, 2010.

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