Temple Theaters to Host Screening of In Conflict

Temple Theaters to Host Screening of In Conflict

Nov 4 2014

 In Conflict, the award-winning play adapted by Douglas C. Wager, will be screened at Tomlinson Theater on November 15 at 7:30 pm in honor of Temple University's Military Appreciation Month. In Conflict, based on the book by Yvonne Latty, is a collection of personal stories from Iraq War veterans. This presentation will include a special Q&A session with Wager and Latty.

Directed by Wager, former artistic director of Arena Stage, the play premiered in 2007 as the season opener to Temple Theaters' 40th season.  Eleven student actors starred in this docudrama based on interviews from veterans collected by Latty. The play explores how hostile conditions of war and near death experiences affected veterans’ adjustment back into civilian life.  In Conflict prompted discussion about treatment of veterans, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the Iraq War at large. [gallery type="slideshow" size="medium" ids="935,936,937,938,939,940,941,942" orderby="rand"]

A highly acclaimed book, In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out on Duty, Loss, and the Fight to Stay Alive, is a first-person account of one of the most controversial wars in modern American history. Latty interviewed twenty-five men and women from diverse backgrounds to shed light on their experiences at war and at home.

A graduate of New York University (NYU), Yvonne Latty worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News for 13 years, where she specialized in urban issues. Latty is currently the Director of the Reporting New York and Reporting the Nation graduate programs at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of NYU. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed text We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, from World War II to the War in Iraq and producing director of award-winning documentary Sacred Poison.

In Conflict, the play, received rave reviews and was awarded The Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The production was also selected to compete in the Region II edition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The production traveled to New York City, running Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theater in 2008.

Read more about the In ConflictNew York Times' reviewAmerican Theater Magazine, or Temple University News Center

In Conflict: An Encore Screening of the Play, November 15 at 7:30 pm in Tomlinson Theater, 1301 West Norris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. The screening is free and open to the public; the film contains adult content and adult language. Donations will be collected in support of Wounded Warrior Project.

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