Douglas Taurel performs his powerful and passionate solo show “The American Soldier” at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on May 25 and May 26, 2017 at 8 p.m.
The show is based on real stories and factual accounts from actual soldier and family member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan. It examines the internal struggles and problems that soldiers face when returning home from combat.
“This is a true work of passion and I deeply hope that audiences will go away with a deeper appreciation of the tremendous sacrifice our servicemen and servicewomen, and their families, have made for our country,” Taurel explained. “I feel that the intense sacrifices that veterans and their families have made can never have enough awareness.”
“The American Soldier” received four stars at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and was nominated for an International Amnesty Award for theatre excellence and recently performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. during inauguration weekend.
In a 55-minutes, enhanced by an ingenious interplay of sound and lights, Taurel enters into the personas of 14 veterans and their family members, telling their story of courage and sacrifice. “The American Soldier” exposes their flaws, and their scars, with both darkness and humor.
“The American Soldier” is not simply a play, but a journey through the American story, moments that resound with lasting meaning for both audiences old enough to remember, and those young enough to yearn for inspiration.
The play is directed by Padraic Lillis who was recently named to the Indie Theater Hall of Fame and Indie Theater Person of the Year in New York.
Learn more and hear audience and veterans testimonials by visiting theamericansoldiersoloshow.com.