Tell It To The Marines ~ A Play for the Time at Hand
Six Performances Only
February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 – 2015 at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 P.M.
(Ticket company uses door open time as start time.)
Tickets: $20, Seniors $10, Students $5
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Set in 2007, this play is a story about the effect of the war in Iraq on one family: a 30-year retired Marine veteran, his two sons, also Marines, his wife, and his twin brother, also a Marine veteran and currently a Catholic priest.
By Samuel Hazo
Directed by Richard Keitel, Professor, Point Park University
Writer’s Synopsis By Samuel Hazo:
TELL IT TO THE MARINES, a three-act play for the time at hand, deals with the effect of the War in Iraq on one family. The time is 2007. Retired Marine Major Leo Killeen believes in the war, as opposed to his twin brother Paul, also a retired Marine officer but now a priest. Leo Killeen’s two sons, Andy and Steve, are both Marines. Andy, now discharged after a tour in Iraq, is completely opposed to the war and is unable to adjust to civilian life. Early in the play the family receives word about the other brother’s fate in Iraq. The rest of the play is a study in reaction. Leo seriously re-considers his former commitments about the war. His wife, Edna, becomes a kind of Medea and is fearless in her hatred of the war and of war in general. In various domestic scenes as well as with a chance encounter with the then President of the United States in Walter Reed Hospital and a meeting with an FBI Agent, all the members of the family evolve into a new identity that foretells the life that will be theirs thereafter.
About the writer: Samuel Hazo
The author of books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, Samuel Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he taught for forty-three years. From 1950 until 1957 he served in the United States Marine Corps, completing his tour as a captain.
Governor Robert Casey named him Pennsylvania’s first State Poet 1993. He served until 2003. He has received twelve honorary degrees, is an honorary Phi Beta Kappa member, and has been awarded the Hazlett Award for Excellence in Literature from the Governor of Pennsylvania, the Forbes Medal, the Elizabeth Kray Award for Outstanding Service to Poetry from New York University, and the Griffin Award from the University of Notre Dame. His recent book, Just Once, received the Maurice English Poetry Prize. For more information, go to http://samuelhazoauthor.com/