"Vietnam...through my lens", written and performed by Stu Richel - World Premiere - November 6 - 23, 2014
Sometimes poignant, sometimes lighthearted, always thought provoking, this one-man play follows Stu Richel's journey as a combat journalist & photographer to - through - and beyond his military service in Vietnam. "in his simple storytelling style, Stu can make the ordinary seem extraordinary and the everyday seem heroic. His words and pictures bring to life a palpable sense of what the country's pulse was at the time of Vietnam." - David Lally, NY Indie Theatre Now.
Stu proudly served in the U.S. Army from January 1968 to January 1970. Through much of 1969, he was a combat photographer and journalist with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam; it is that service which provided the impetus for this solo, stage performance.
This is a soldier's story, told by an awfully good story teller. No blood and guts. No political statements that try to tell you why America’s involvement over there was right or wrong. What you get is simply a woven stream of memories and reflections . . . stories! Just one guy's intensely personal perspective on the most significant period in his life. Share the odd path by which Stu ended up in Vietnam, some of his misadventures as a journalist and photographer, and (perhaps most importantly) how the experience has colored his life. Vietnam, it turns out, had tentacles that reached into the future. During the course of the show, his words are made even more vivid by video projections of some of his Vietnam photos. Those shots bring his memories . . . and the difficult period of the war . . . into focus, for you, the 21st century audience. His stories will touch your heart . . . and bring on a smile. He will capture your attention within minutes. "You had me from word one!", a recent theatregoer said. And along the way, Stu's stories . . . the pathos, the joy, the humor, the pride . . . may just give you pause to think about friendship, country, important people and moments in your life . . . things that matter, things that count, as we all stumble along and do what we can.
Cayuga Community College Auditorium
197 Franklin St, Auburn, NY 13021
There are two shows scheduled:
Friday, September, 15th
Saturday, September, 16th
Though this event is free to attend we ask that you please register to reserve seating.