The original play is based on the experiences of area veterans and their families
America has been at war for over ten years, but with less than 1% of the population serving in the military, the veterans among us go largely unseen. Telling: Des Moines hopes to change that. Telling stories that range from the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan, from satellite telephone calls home to the departures gate of the Des Moines Airport; these are the stories of the veterans and their families who live in your community. Telling: Des Moines is a unique and unforgettable theatre event not to be missed.
Founded in Eugene, Oregon by Jonathan Wei, The Telling Project has been produced in Eugene and Portland, OR, Sacramento, CA, Starkville, MS, Washington, DC, Seattle, WA, Baltimore, MD and most recently, Iowa City. The locally produced version of The Telling Project is titled Telling: Des Moines.
Telling: Des Moines will be performed three times:
- Thursday, November 8 at 11:15 a.m.,
- Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. and
- Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m.
All performances will be in on the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Ankeny Campus Building #6 Auditorium. Tickets are FREE for DMACC students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public (cash only, please) and can be picked up in advance of the show at the Student Activities Office, Building #5, Room 27. Proceeds and donations will be used to offset production costs and to fund scholarships for Veterans.
"More than 650 DMACC students are student-veterans and beneficiaries using G.I. Bill benefits," says Dr. Laurie Wolf, DMACC Executive Dean of Student Services. "As a community of learning, Telling: Des Moines is a way for us to creatively and constructively engage each other in conversations about military service and sacrifice."
For more information about the show, check out www.tellingdesmoines.org. For ticket information, call the SAC Office at (515) 964-6376., Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For donations, contact Tara Connolly, DMACC Foundation, at (515) 964-6447.