In honor of Veterans Day and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United States involvement in the Vietnam War, Lakewood Cultural Center presents American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® stage presentation of “The Things They Carried” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in the intimate 316-seat theater at 470 S. Allison Parkway at Wadsworth Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue.
Tickets are $18 and are available by calling 303-987-7845, going online to www.Lakewood.org/CulturalCenter or visiting the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office. Recommended for ages 14 and older. Senior, student and group discounts are available. There is plenty of free, well-lit parking on-site.
In this masterwork of contemporary literature, a single actor leads the audience through five of Tim O’Brien’s unforgettable short stories exploring the complexities of battle, including “The Rainy River” and “The Man I Killed.” The blurred lines between truth and reality, fact and fiction, make his journey unforgettable.
Adapted for the stage in 2004, this Literature to Life® original features 60 minutes of verbatim performance from this unique and important piece of American literature. A master teaching artist leads a brief preshow introduction and a 15-minute interactive postshow discussion in which the audience will explore themes including ethics, making choices and violence. Denver-area double bassist Mark Diamond will provide live musical accompaniment to the performance.
Literature to Life®, The American Place Theatre’s performance-based literacy program, presents professionally staged verbatim adaptations of significant American literary works. This educational program provides a unique form of access to literature by bringing to life the world of books with performances that create an atmosphere of discovery and spark the imagination. Literature to Life® has already provided a catalyst for learning and self-expression for more than 400,000 students nationwide. The Theatre, having received more than 30 Obies and 16 Audelcos, is critically acclaimed as a the place for creating artistic endeavors at the crossroad of literature and live performance for 48 years now. More information is available at www.literaturetolife.org
The 2012-2013 Lakewood Cultural Center Presents Season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Sheraton Denver West and The Denver Post Community, improving and enriching the lives of those in our community.