California Repertory Company Presents And the War Came

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and-the-war-cameCalifornia Repertory Company presents And the War Came conceived and directed by Joanne Gordon April 24 through May 9.

Working at the National Guard Armory has brought a kind of peace to Joanne Gordon, artistic director of California Repertory Company. Gordon grew up in South Africa under apartheid, where she developed a profound mistrust of political and military leaders. But after two years of sharing space and interacting with the National Guard, Gordon has a profound appreciation for the service and the sacrifices of our military men and women. This keener perspective is reflected in Cal Rep’s newest endeavor, And the War Came

In this era of new hope, Americans still agonize over the reverberations of 9/11 and the Iraq War while struggling with impending conflict in Afghanistan. And the War Came examines the cost of sending so many of our nation’s finest young volunteers to do our most dangerous work.  Using a collage of personal interviews, news stories, and blogs, the company has woven multiple docudramas into a powerful statement on the devastating effects of war.  The production is a collaborative effort that utilizes every creative component of the Cal Rep Company: writers, actors, designers and managers.

Gordon, an award-winning director whose accolades include five Drama Logue Awards and a Los Angeles Critics Choice Award, continues to focus on developing original plays and musicals with California Repertory Company. And the War Came was inspired by a phrase from Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Mired in a civil war he had struggled to avert, the president asked the country to act with “…malice toward none, with charity for all…” and “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle.”

As part of its tribute to the Guard, Cal Rep is working in coordination with Soldiers’ Angels to gather donations from theatergoers to support service members and their families. Soldiers’ Angels provides care packages, letters, rehabilitation services and emergency supplies to aid deployed service members, wounded soldiers and military families.

And the War Came opens Friday April 24th and continues through May 9th. Tuesday through Thursday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. No performances on the 1st and 2nd of May. California Repertory Company performs in downtown Long Beach at the Armory, 854 E. 7th Street. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $17 for seniors and students (with valid ID).

For tickets and information call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.calrep.org. For more information about Soldiers’ Angels visit www.soldiersangels.org.

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