In Outside Paducah: the Wars at Home, we watch the toll of war reverberate across three generations of Americans: A seven year-old boy struggles to make sense of the screaming in the night after his father returns from Afghanistan. A fifty year-old man works to rebuild his life as he wrestles with the memory of an idealistic son—a teenager turned Marine who came back from Iraq wounded, disillusioned, and broken. And at a bar in the rust-belt remnant of his hometown, a former soldier’s midnight encounter brings the past and the present into an explosive, searing reality.
OUTSIDE PADUCAH: THE WARS AT HOME
written and performed by J. A. Moad II
September 26-October 15
directed by Leah Cooper
projection design by Lisa Renkel
sound design by Sean Hagerty
lighting design by Daisy Long
costume design by Helen Dillon and Shari Setchell
stage management by Ellen Mischinski
As part of the run of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home,
Consequence Magazine, Warrior Writers, War Literature & The Arts, & Poetic Theater Productions Proudly Present
VETERAN VOICES 2017
Gallery Opening, Special Readings, Live Music & Theater Performances
Veteran artists will be presenting special readings of poetry and other work before each performance with a special reception and extended kick-off program Friday, September 29th at 6:30PM including Jerri Bell, Pushcart Nominee and Managing Editor for O’Dark Thirty, the journal of the Veteran Writing Project, Jenny Pacanowski, Poet and Veteran Artist Curator, Tony Schwalm, author of The Guerrilla Factory, and Drew Pham, editor at Wrath Bearing Tree, and hosted by Catherine Parnell, senior associate editor of Consequence Magazine.
Sunday Matinee performances will also feature post-show discussions and panels featuring veteran artists.
As part of the VETERAN VOICES 2017 program, the wild project gallery will feature visual art by veterans throughout the run of the show.
About J.A. Moad II
J. A. Moad II is a former Air Force C-130 pilot with over 3000 flight hours and more than 100 combat sorties. He served as an English Professor at the United States Air Force Academy and continues to serve as an editor and blogger for their international journal, War, Literature & the Arts (WLA). His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and is the recipient of the 2014 Consequence Magazine Fiction Award. In addition to writing, he has performed on stage at the Library of Congress and at The Guthrie Theater as part of The Telling Project – Giving Voice to the Veteran Experience. His play, Outside Paducah – the Wars at Home debuted in Minneapolis, at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in 2016. He is the driving force behind the Veterans’ Voices Initiative in Minnesota to teach the stories of Veterans and their families in schools, colleges and community discussion groups. He currently resides in Northfield, MN where he flies, writes, reads, and spend as much time with his family and friends as possible.