“Every Veteran has a Civilian. Every Civilian has a Veteran.”
Back in 2010 I was given the chance to read my poetry.
Out loud. In front of people.
I was terrified.
But there were some people there that made me feel welcomed and encouraged me to chase my art. It was a great gift that was bestowed upon me that day at the Stella Adler.
A gift that I’ve been itching to give back. One thing I have learned in this life is you always have to reach back to help the next person. You are only as strong as the weakest link in your chain and chains stay strong by holding fast to the next link.
I’ve recently been given the opportunity to try and give back, to lock hands with the next link in the chain.
So, it is my pleasure to announce that Working Class Production and USVAA are developing a monthly production of poetry, spoken word, and story-telling. As the production grows we will be including visual arts, music, and possibly small plays.
The purpose of this project is to create a warm and welcoming environment for artists to come together and build a foundation of solidarity within our community of Veterans and Civilians.
USVAA has generously donated the use of their stage and playhouse for us to achieve the goal of creating an environment where Veterans and Civilians can showcase their talents, and where new artists can find a welcoming home to develop their abilities.
The inaugural show is tentatively scheduled for the end of January. I am still sorting out scheduling conflicts.
If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org