UK Theatre war vets’ play going to New York fest

Ian Abney (Michael Fischer) tells an interviewer (Tanner Gray) about life while serving in Iraq in a November 2010 production of "Bringing it Home: Voices of Student Veterans." © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Ian Abney (Michael Fischer) tells an interviewer (Tanner Gray) about life while serving in Iraq in a November 2010 production of “Bringing it Home: Voices of Student Veterans.” The play, renamed “Civilian,” is headed to the New York City Fringe Festival. © Herald-Leader photo by Rich Copley.

Civilian, the University of Kentucky Theatre‘s play based on the experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who became students at UK, has been selected as an entry in the New York City Fringe Festival, Aug. 12-28.

The play, originally called Bringing it Home: Voices of Student Veterans, was developed in early 2010 from five real student veterans’ stories told at UK’s Nunn Center for Oral History. Writer and director Herman Daniel Farrell III and a group of UK theater students took the stories and crafted them into a piece that sheds light on the experiences of soldiers overseas and when they return to the United States as civilian college students.

According to the Fringe schedule, there are five performances of the play in the Bleecker Theatre scheduled between Aug. 14 and 28, meaning the cast and crew are going to have to cover some travel expenses. So, there’s a benefit performance of the show scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Guignol Theatre in the UK Fine Arts Building, Rose Street at Patterson Drive.

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