Why would a soldier hospitalized for shell shock choose to return to the carnage of the trenches?
To mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, Hero Now Theatre presents Not About Heroes, by Stephen MacDonald. It is a play about war, truth, and two artists’ evolving self-awareness.
Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were officers in the British army and have been called the best British poets of the “Great War.” The play, based on letters and memoirs, imagines their meeting in a psychiatric hospital–where one was admitted for shell shock, the other for speaking out against the war. As the older Sassoon nurtures Owen in his nascent poetic career, their relationship deepens. Eventually, though, Owen decides he must return to combat. What makes him go back?
Directed by Kristin Halsey. With Andy Schnabel and Mitch Ross.
Dates & Times
- November 8, 9, & 10, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
- November 11, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
- November 15, 16, & 17, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
Off-Leash Area Art Box, 4200 East 54th Street, Minneapolis MN 55417 (MAP)
The play quotes from several of Sassoon’s and Owen’s poems. Come early to familiarize yourself with them so you can get more out of the play.
After each performance, you will be invited to stay for organized discussions with current U.S. military veterans who have turned to writing or other forms of art to deal with their experiences as service members. These veterans will also help lead discussions about the play.
Also, on display in the theater will be masks from the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance’s Unmasking Project, a program that has helped veterans deal with traumatic experiences. Representatives of the Alliance will be on hand to talk about the masks.
There are 20 spots available in Off-Leash Area’s parking lot, plus on-street parking. More information is available at their website.