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.
Poetic Theater Productions Proudly Presents
written and performed by J. A. Moad II
September 26-October 15
directed by Leah Cooper
costume design by Helen Dillon and Shari Setchell stage management by Ellen Mischinski
Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home is registered with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. See the show and vote for it at: www.nyITawards.com
Gallery Opening, Special Readings, Live Music & Theater Performances
Veteran artists will be presenting special readings of poetry and other work before each performance.
The Veteran Voices 2017 Series will feature veteran art in the gallery throughout the run of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and each performance will feature Veteran Voices 2017 artists.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 7PM: Teresa Fazio reading “Float,” the story of a young Marine’s attempt to balance the pressures of military culture, peers, and her own desires.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th 7PM: Brendan Walsh
*FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th 5:30PM: Special Kick-Off Event: A special reception and extended kick-off program Friday, September 29th with the art gallery opening reception at 5:30PM and presentations in the theater starting at 6:30PM. Presentations starting at 6:30PM will include Pushcart Nominee and Managing Editor for O’Dark Thirty the journal of the Veteran Writing Project Jerri Bell reading “Her Husband’s Stars,” a flash fiction inspired by her Navy experiences, Poet and Veteran Artist Curator Jenny Pacanowski reading her original poem “Combat Dick”, author of The Guerrilla Factory Tony Schwalm reading “Combat Anthropology” a short treatise on the process of trying to understand the people of another culture while trying to kill them, and editor at Wrath Bearing Tree presenting Drew Pham presenting “After Action”, a story about the search for meaning after killing a man. The evening will be hosted by senior associate editor of Consequence Magazine Catherine Parnell.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30th 2PM & 8PM: Hayley Johnson
*SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1st 3PM: Stephan Wolfert -join us after the performance for a post-show discussion with J.A. Moad II and Stephan Wolfert about the role of theater in helping veterans find their voice.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd 7PM: Donna Zephrine
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th 7PM: Sokunthary Svay presents the sequence poem “Re-Education Building” about a Cambodian soldier who survived the Khmer Rouge regime.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th 8PM: Col. (USAF, Ret.) James P Stanton
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th 2PM Matinee: Jen Hinst-White reading “Fifteen Eggs” weaving together a first-person account of a Hiroshima survivor, the history of nuclear weapons, and meditations on nuclear danger as seen through the eyes of children-and parents.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7th 8PM: Robert Lambert presenting his short one-man play Te amo mas que mi vida.
*SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8th 3PM Matinee: Everett Cox -join us after the performance for a post-show discussion with J.A. Moad II and Everett Cox about Vietnam Veteran Voices.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th 7PM: Donte Wright Da Storyteller reading his poems “Combative Illusions”, “Where Are You” and “Uncle”.
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11th and 12th 7PM: Natalie Lovejoy presenting an excerpt from her musical Deployed.
*FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13th: 6:30PM Closing Weekend Celebration Special Event featuring: a reading by Jesse Goolsby, an excerpt from Deployed by Natalie Lovejoy, poetry reading by Nicole Goodwin, an original short play by John M. Meyer, and an excerpt from Maurice Decaul‘s new play Hurt Me.
*SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15th 3PM: Hayley Johnson, Adrienne Brammer, Sandra W. Lee, Jenny Pacanowski -join us after the performance for a post-show panel with the featured veteran artists and Pam Campos-Palma about Female Veteran Voices.
Now accepting submissions of art by veterans to be featured in the Wild Project Gallery September 27-October 15th as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.
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 he 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.