PUBLISHED: 5:05 PM on Tuesday, August 1, 2006
Juneau, Douglas groups to perform in Seattle
'What I Heard About Iraq'
As the war in Iraq continues, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 100 of Juneau and Juneau Douglas Little Theatre will be taking the critically acclaimed production of "What I Heard About Iraq (A Cry for Five Voice)" to Seattle for the National Veterans for Peace convention in August.

A fund-raiser to help defray the costs of travel to Seattle will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at St. Ann's Parish Hall at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

"What I Heard About Iraq," which has been adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, is based on the article "What I Heard about Iraq" by Eliot Weinberger. Like the article, the production utilizes direct quotes from politicians, military chiefs, soldiers and Iraqi citizens to explore the human story behind the U. S. invasion of Iraq.

"The play is neither fiction nor speculation; it takes us into the war and confronts us with the human drama, the human toll. This is not about history or about something going on 'over there.' This is about what's going on here, in American, now," said adaptor Simon Levy.

The play features five actors portraying multiple roles.

All three of the males in the cast are veterans and are members of the local Chapter 100 of Veterans for Peace. They are including Bubba Cook, US Navy Nuclear Power Program, served 1990 - 1996; Paul DeSloover, US Air Force Ground Power Service, served 1967 - 1971; and Phil Smith, US Army Medical Corps, served 1964 - 1967. Deborah Smith, who also directs the performance, and Sharon Gaiptman, round out the cast.

There will be no presale of tickets; donations will be requested at the door.

"What I Heard About Iraq" had its world premiere Sept. 11, 2005, at The Fountain Theatre in Hollywood, California.

For more information, call Ellen Walker at 586-2976 or Deborah Smith at 586-1175.