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‘Soldiers Circle’ to premiere March 4

February 26th, 2009

“Soldiers Circle”
March 4–8, 8 p.m., plus 3 p.m. matinee on March 8.
Thrust Theatre, 2314 S. Floyd St.
Individual show tickets are $12 for the general public or $8 for faculty, staff, students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, go online or call 502-852-6814.

“Soldiers Circle,” written by Russell Vandenbroucke, chair of the University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts, dramatizes the daily lives of soldiers from their recruitment, through deployment to Iraq, then home again.

Based on actual stories of current soldiers and veterans, it “dramatizes the life-altering experiences of a diverse group of our countrymen and women,” Vandenbroucke said.

“Most of us really don’t know what service is like,” he said. “Soldiers themselves are often reluctant to talk about their life-altering experiences. I wanted to use their stories to dramatize the complex dynamics of men and women embroiled in the crucible of war.”

Vandenbroucke wrote the play while on a 2007 sabbatical that included his selection as a World Peace Fellow at the Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in Bangkok, Thailand. Drawing on his visits to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Russia, he interviewed soldiers who experienced war firsthand in Iraq and received permission from others to adapt their writings and blogs.

A cast of 15 men and women present a collective story told through dramatic vignettes, personal testimony, anecdotes and song. A series of circles dramatizes soldiers bonding through shared experience.

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