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"If All the Sky Were Paper"

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Grove Community Playmakers




Wartime Letters Brought to Life at Playmakers


“If All the Sky Were Paper” by Andrew Carroll opens September 15 (almost sold out) and runs for 10 performances through October 1, 2017. This compelling drama was created from Carroll’s New York Times bestselling books, "War Letters" and "Behind the Lines," and features the best of his Legacy Project’s never-before-seen letters. It was taken from actual letters penned by troops and their loved ones. From the incredible drama of the human experience in battle to the pathos and humor of everyday life on the war front and the home front, audiences have been moved and inspired by the correspondence of those caught up in the war experience. It is an evening of personal and moving memories from American soldiers and their loved ones at home, from the American Revolution and Civil Wars to the two World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It also includes letters from people from other countries caught up in these wars.
“These war letters are more deeply moving, more revelatory, and more powerful that any dispatch from the front. It’s the truly felt history of what war is all about.” Studs Terkel.
“As a veteran, it’s a privilege to help spread the word about this play and its significant message,” said State Rep. Josh West, R-Grove. “Preserving the words of our service men and women written during times of war help preserve history from a frontline view of conflict to which everyone in America – from school children to our state and national leaders -- should be privy.”
“In 1998, Carroll launched a national, all-volunteer initiative, the Legacy Project, which worked to find and preserve wartime correspondence. Carroll traveled to all 50 states and 40 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to seek out what he calls "the world's great, undiscovered literature." He has collected more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters and emails from every conflict in U.S. history. He has edited a book of writings of the troops for the National Endowment for the Arts, "Operation Homecoming." His latest book, My Fellow Soldiers,” and others are on display at the Grove Public Library.
The play will continue on September 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 30 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday matinees, September 17, 24 and Oct 1 at 2:00 p.m.
The Playmakers’ theatre is at 121 W. 3rd St. in Grove, OK. There are no paper tickets needed at The Playmakers. Just call (918) 786-8950 and leave a message with your reservation for the box office volunteer who will confirm within 24 hours, or email groveplaymakers@yahoo.com or reserve online at www.groveplaymakers.com.
Entry prices are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Veterans will receive a discount on each of two tickets. Group prices are available as are discounted ‘pay what you can’ tickets. Credit cards accepted.
The minimum age guideline for this production is Older-Elementary School and above and is based on the appropriateness of the play for that age level and the capability of the student to understand the adult content of this production. Since this is a strong guideline, not a rule, please talk with the box office volunteer when you make reservations about bringing younger students. Children 5 and under are not admitted to Playmaker productions unless the play is specifically intended for that age group.
Visit Grove Playmakers Theatre on Facebook for background, character bios, cast and crew photos, and interesting tidbits about the story and characters.




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