This is so BIG I needed to start a new post! Tonight I witnessed a truly spectacular play/docudrama/re-enactment/interpretation...... I had the pleasure to see a documentary-drama developed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Herman Daniel Farrell III and students in his Staging History class. The play was created completely, from the words and voices of first 5 veterans I had the opportunity to interview over the past few months while working on "From Combat to Kentucky", a oral history collection being presented by the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky
Throughout this process the theatre students have been working with Tony Dotson, Director of the Veterans Resource Center and Doug Boyd, Director of the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the development of this theatre piece.
The unbelievable thing about the process was the amount of time and dedication from all of the interested parties to put together a very dynamic piece that was tastefully and respectfully executed.
Admission was free and open to the public and tonight's turnout was great! I can say that I was nervous not only for myself but the veterans being depicted. Needless to say, everyone, including myself was humbled to see such hard work and dedication go into stories that are so important to America today. All of these veterans wanted their story shared and tonight it was done in a way that I never thought possible.
Congrats to the theater class, the Veterans Resource Center and the staff at the Nunn Center for making an example of how departments can work together to make spectacular things happen!