Syracuse University Student Veterans Perform at Sy
PRESS RELEASE: SYRACUSE STAGE
SYRACUSE, NY – For one night only on Jan. 18, Syracuse Stage, in partnership with Hendricks Chapel, the Syracuse University Student Veterans Association and the Syracuse University Office of Veterans and Military Affairs, presents Separated, a theatre performance based on the personal experiences of eight Syracuse University student veterans.
The performance takes place in the Storch Theatre in the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama complex at 820 E. Genesee St. at 7 p.m. Separated is a free, non-ticketed event open to the public on a first come-first served basis. A pre-show reception with free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar begins at 6 p.m.
Separated is a collaborative effort between members of the Syracuse Stage artistic staff and the participating student veterans. Syracuse Stage associate artistic director Kyle Bass interviewed the students about their experiences in and out of military service. From the interview transcripts, he devised and composed a performance script that weaves together each student’s individual story into a single narrative. The students will perform the finished script as a staged reading directed by Syracuse Stage’s new artistic director Robert Hupp.
The service experience of the eight students—Nick Brincka, Halston Canty, Zack Couch, Ginger Peterman, Brandon Smith, Jake VanMarter, Zack Watson and Kierston Whaley—include tours of duty in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and represent the Army, Navy and Marines. The title Separated references the separations each has endured in first separating from home and family to join the military, and then separating from the military to resume civilian life.
“Each of the eight student veterans in Separated has a compelling and necessary story to tell,” Bass said. “Taken as a whole, their narratives of courage, fear, doubt, perseverance, purpose, uncertainty, loyalty, vulnerability, struggle and survival create a moving portrait of human truth. It's thrilling and an honor to be entrusted with the stories of their experiences."
The performance will be followed by a moderated question and answer session with the cast and creative team. A live stream will be broadcast on the Syracuse Stage Facebook page during the performance.
“Veterans have a world of experiences before they enter the classroom. Separated allows the veteran students to share their stories and enlighten non-veterans,” said Syeisha Monquesse Byrd, director of engagement programs, Hendricks Chapel. “We are providing the audience a rare opportunity to ask questions that they may have felt awkward asking in any other setting.”
Separated is supported by a grant from Campus Compact and the MLK Day of Service.
“Separated represents the beginning of what will be a new phase of engagement with area veterans, active duty military and their families. In the coming months Syracuse Stage seeks to build meaningful and genuine relationships with our military community,” said Hupp. “We start our journey with a theatrical event driven by the experiences of those veterans closest to us here on the Syracuse University campus. Honest and unvarnished, Separated offers keen insight into lives lived so close, and yet so far away.”
Syracuse Stage is a Blue Star theatre offering discounted tickets to its regular season shows for area veterans and active duty military and their families.
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Syracuse Stage is Central New York’s premier professional theatre in residence at Syracuse University. Founded in 1974, Stage has produced more than 300 plays in over 40 seasons including a number of world, American, and East Coast premieres. Each season 70,000 patrons enjoy an adventurous mix of new plays, and bold interpretations of classics and musicals, featuring the finest theatre artists. In addition, Stage maintains a vital educational outreach program that annually serves more than 15,000 students from 14 counties. A solid core of subscribers and supporters helps keep Syracuse Stage a vibrant artistic presence in Central New York. Additional support comes from the government, foundations, corporations and Syracuse University. Syracuse Stage is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, and a member of the Arts and Cultural Leadership Alliance (ACLA), the University Hill Corporation and the East Genesee Regent Association. Syracuse Stage is a member of The League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the largest professional theatre association in the country.