Veterans Project: Odyssey Home
Female veterans of the U.S. military, as well as women from military families, will share personal stories of service and life after the military in Veterans Project: Odyssey Home, which will be presented at the Edson R. Miles Black Box Theater on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton on September 14 and 15. Odyssey Home is the product of a collaboration among local veterans, members of the larger military community, and St. Lawrence University to create space for veteran-civilian community dialogue. Using Homer’s Odyssey as a basis, performers share personal letters, diary entries, and reflections on their time in and after military service.
Veterans Project: Odyssey Home aims to push against preconceived notions about who serves, and why.
The process of making the show entails a two-week long workshop with local veterans, many of whom have never before performed onstage. Director Erika Hughes, from the University of Portsmouth (UK), has worked with military veterans in creating performance since 2013. These veterans-turned-performers, according to Hughes, “represent an incredible range of experiences and political viewpoints, and yet are all willing to share something of themselves with the community in which they live. I’m very grateful for their openness, willingness, and courage.”
The importance of sharing and hearing stories is underscored by Dr. Angela Sweigart-Gallagher, who is serving as a faculty liaison for the Veterans Project at St. Lawrence University, “In our day-to-day lives it is very easy to forget that the U.S. has been at war for over 15 years and what that commitment has meant for military service members and their families. With Ft. Drum so close and the Army reserve station in Canton just down the road from campus, I hope this presentation will give us all a moment to reflect on the experiences of the men and women in our community who volunteer to serve.”
Audiences are invited to join the conversation at St. Lawrence University’s Edson R. Miles Black Box Theater on September 14 and September 15 at 8:00pm. Admission: is free and open to the public. Tickets available at http://bit.ly/UniversityTheatre2017-2018.
About Odyssey Home
Odyssey Home is an ongoing performance initiative that was developed at Arizona State University and first performed at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona. Odyssey Home and its companion piece, The Veterans Project, have brought veteran and civilian and community members to dialogue together since 2013. For more information please visit the project Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/asuveteransproject/.