ETERNAL WARRIOR

Veterans Theater Workshop 

Virtual Performance

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After a COVID-19 induced hiatus, Eternal Soldier returned with a virtual program for Veterans’ Day 2020. 

 

Under the guidance of Director Michael Toner--- accomplished actor and Vietnam combat Veteran---a group of (9) Veterans designed and performed a virtual program of dramatic readings (script in hand). Texts were excerpted from ancient, modern and contemporary drama,  poetry,  stories and original essays of their choosing. All were centered on the theme of ‘Homecoming from War.’

 

Narratives were selected by the Veterans themselves to highlight their own experiences of Homecoming. The dramatic readings lasted for approximately an hour and fifteen minutes, followed by a Q and A discussion session, making the total program last two hours.

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Eternal Warrior: ORDER OF SHOW

JOE MC ELROY:  “Dulce et Decorum Est”

[W. Owen, poem]

KEITH OCKIMEY:  “In Afghanistan, Homesick” 

[B. More-McNew, poem]

ROB GURTCHEFF:  The Odyssey, Book 3: 

“An Old King Remembers” [Homer, epic poem]

PATRICK DEVINE:  “O’FLAHERTY, V.C.” 

[G. B Shaw, play]

KEITH OCKIMEY:  “When Will I Come Home?”

[J. Cole, poem]

JIM MC GOWAN:  “A Prayer For Death and Life”

[J. Strott, poem]

SU LIN HINGLEY:  The Odyssey, Book 16: 

“Father and Son” [Homer, epic poem]

BARRY BRAIT & MICHAEL TONER:  “Translations” 

[B. Friel, play]

KEITH OCKIMEY:  “Yellow Ribbon”  [E. Yates, poem]

JIM MC GOWAN:  “Home Without Husband Or Father”  [original essay]

  JOE MC ELROY:  “Plato told him” 

[e.e. cummings, poem]

  PATRICK DEVINE:  “THE SILVER TASSIE”

[S. O’Casey, play]

  KEITH OCKIMEY:  “Odysseus”  [P.M. Doherty, poem]

  JOE MC ELROY:  All Quite on the Western Front (excerpt)

 [E-M. Remarque, novel]

  SOPHIE PRIDE:  THE ODYSSEY, Book 23: 

“The Olive Tree Bed” [Homer, epic poem]

Michael Toner on-screen during Eternal Warrior

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