usvaa is honored to be part of
IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER
at the Kirk Douglas Theatre
presented by
Lexikat Artists and Chapman University

Dear Friends of USVAA, fellow veterans and artists:

 

Please join us at 7:30 pm, Monday, June 9th, 2014 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre for a presentation of IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER, written by Andrew Carroll. The production is based upon his New York Times bestselling books War Letters and Behind the Lines and is directed by John Benitz  

 

IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER features powerful performances by Lorna Duyn (US Air Force Veteran), Laura Dern (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee), Jim Beaver (Deadwood, USMC, Vietnam), Christopher Sweeney (USMC), Lauren Bowles (True Blood), Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives), Blake Berris (Days of Our Lives), Gary Cole (Talladega Nights, Office Space, Veep), Sandra Seacat (Crazy in Alabama, Country), Jeanne Phillips (Dear Abby), Ken Howard (The White Shadow, President of SAG) and many others as they bring battlefront letters from military men and women and their loved ones to life by acting out the full spectrum of emotions and experiences contained in their letters.  

 

"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

 

We look forward to seeing you Monday, June 9th at 7:30 pm. One night only. To order tickets please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com or call 
1-800-838-3006. Ticket Price is $25. Half-price tickets are available to veterans by entering the following discount code: Skypaper 

 

Running time is 80 minutes.

 

Please see the event Facebook page for updates. 

And here is a KCRW story about the event.

Some of the proceeds will match a HOME DEPOT Community Programs Grant to upgrade the lighting system in the USVAA Theater at the AMERICAN VETERANS POST II in Culver City, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Soldiers Project and the Wounded Warriors Project.

TRACERS REVIEWS ARE IN!
 
Los Angeles Times
 
"As much a visceral experience as a dramatic presentation...celebrated in the percussive rock finale.."

  

 

 
 
LA WEEKLY:
 Tracers is the
"Pick of the Week!"
 
"GO" 
 
 
 
Santa Monica Daily Press calls it...
 
"Powerful! Mesmerizing! Brilliant!" 
 
 
 
The Santa Monica Mirror declares...

 

"Each and every member of this highly trained, extraordinary cast has created a living, breathing, totally unique, actualized character- All the elements blend together, creating yet again, an unforgettable evening of theatre." 
 
 
 
The Los Angeles Post says...
 
"It is so strong and powerful it will hurt, but don't let that scare you, it's a good hurt. Although the stage was small there was so much passion streaming from the stage, it made it seem huge."
 
 
 
And in the Culver City News...
 
"Despite the fact that the play was originally written with the stories of Vietnam veterans, and the current cast is comprised primarily of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the truths to be found in the shared experiences still ring true and provide a harrowing glimpse into the reality of what our service men and women encounter in the line of duty.."

  

 

 
 
The LA Progressive
 
"With Tracers’s run extended through November 9th, you might want to catch this riveting performance if you care at all about what these wars our country choses to fight do to the young men — boys, really — and now young women we send off to fight them."

  

 

 
 
Eye Spy LA
 
"From before the Vietnam War to the present day, veterans are among us with stories of service and sacrifice. ‘Tracers’ is a play everyone should see because these stories matter. These men represent the commitment and heroism both for those still serving and those who, like them, have come home. It is up to us to listen with our minds and hearts and never forget the tributes our veterans pay with their lives. This play will continue to leave an unforgettable trace on the theatrical canon and for every generation who finds it and brings its truth to the stage."

  

 

 
 
LifeInLA
 
"Unforgettable. I was privileged to see such a moving story...as true to form as it should be.."