Echoes of War opens Oct. 22

Echoes_of_War_logo.jpgEchoes of War is an original performance that documents veterans, their families and survivors of war and their experiences of coming home. Featuring live music and local participants, this original production will premiere October 22-25 at the Arcata Playhouse.  Echoes of War is a California Humanities Community Stories project

Veterans, their families and survivors of war take the stage to present their experiences of coming home. Echoes of War has three elements: recording stories for a local audio archive and the Library of Congress, a live presentation of stories and a radio broadcast in November. Through a series of workshops over a six-week period, Co-producer and local storyteller, Ali Freedlund has guided participants in the art of storytelling and they have crafted their experiences into pieces to present at the Arcata Playhouse. Concurrently, Co-producer and audio engineer Tammy Rae Scott has been collecting audio interviews and images from the community at large.  Directors Zuzka Sabata and Jacqueline Dandeneau will craft the live storytellers interspersed audio interviews, visual images and live music to create the final production of Echoes of War. The stage production and audio interviews will then be broadcast on KHSU ( on Veteran's Day November 11 at 7 p.m.

Among our participants are Vietnam veterans, a National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan, a Bosnian Muslim who fled Rob__Ali_web.jpgher home in Sarajevo, a Jewish woman who was able to get out of Germany, but at the expense of a long absence from her family, a veteran of Iraq and a Navy veteran who now participates annually in the Run to the Wall every Memorial Day.

“If we never share our struggles then how can we expect society to understand this better?” project participant

San Francisco Chronicle article link.

Echoes of War will  feature banners from A Break in the Battle, a Tattoo Project from Ft. Benning conceived by Ronayne (Ronie) Dalton. Large banners depicting soldiers and their tattoos will grace the Arcata Playhouse. A Break in the Battle is partially a tribute to her son, James Andrew Dalton, who collected tattoos and by extension, to all other soldiers who have been affected by combat. More information here.

Tickets are $10/ $8 for veterans available at Wildberries Marketplace , or by phone at 822-1575.

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  • David P. Joseph David P. Joseph
    commented 2017-10-19 07:44:43 -0700
    I want to ask all of the citizens of this country to must and should watch this beautiful documentary which has very good story in it and it talks about our armed forces experiences in the battle field. I also ask my blog writers to start campaign about this in our blog and share this information with others.
  • Helen Cohen
    commented 2016-09-27 23:42:40 -0700
    Sounds great. When are the tickets going to be available? Do you know if there’s any age limit? I’d like to see this performance with my kids (14 and 16 years old), I believe it’s a wonderful way to teach them history.

    Helen from
  • lauraml eighton
    commented 2016-06-09 01:42:36 -0700
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  • Andres Micheal
    commented 2016-05-03 00:23:12 -0700
    After reading this blog, i am wishing to watch this drama as it’s said that it’s based on real story so it would be devastating to watch.
  • Alexia Salgado
    commented 2016-03-16 05:38:13 -0700
    Ual, will be too much, I’m not going to lose! Will be equal to the Corpo de 21 of Amigas and Mulheres
  • Stephen Wheeler
    commented 2015-11-02 00:59:03 -0800
    Wow that’s going to be a rocking event for everyone. I just love that. Now waiting for the next year’s event. Can’t wait that much.