Date(s) – 09/27/2015
04:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Academy of Music Theatre
“What the hell am I going to do?” The military draft during the U.S. war in Vietnam created an agonizing dilemma for millions of young Americans. And the choices they made changed their lives forever.
The Draft, a new play by award-winning Boston playwright Peter Snoad, gives voice to the compelling real-life experiences of 10 of those young people. Eight of them currently live in the Pioneer Valley: John Bisbee, Diane Clancy, Tom Gardner, Jay Holtzman, Randy Kehler, Frank Marotta, Al Miller, and Roger Wallace. George Williams, whose story is also featured, was a long-time resident of the area before his death in 2010. They variously fought in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam; went to jail for draft resistance; chose self-exile in Canada; won conscientious objector status and organized for civil rights and against the war; beat the draft and counseled other draftees on their options; counseled traumatized vets; protested with thousands of others on college campuses; and treated the maimed and dying in a military field hospital.
Their testimonials are interwoven with music, archival photos, video clips, and poetry. Together, they express the passion, the anguish, the joy, the inspiration, and the intense personal and collective struggles of a generation. And they challenge us to consider the enduring impacts of war and militarism today.
“POWERFUL” — Northampton resident Tom Weiner, author of “Called To Serve, Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft”, on which the play is based.
“PROVOCATIVE” — Ellen Kaplan, Professor of Acting and Directing, Smith College.
Show Date/ Time:
Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 4:00 PM
General Admission: Adults/$15; Seniors & Students/$10
Note: $1 from each ticket sale will benefit the Veterans Education Project (www.vetsed.org) and the Vietnam Peace Village Project of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (aiding Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange), (www.traprock.org)
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)
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