World Premiere "A 60's Trilogy" by Tommy Carter connects race relations and the Vietnam War
The first project between USVAA Vets Repertory and Revenant Stage (formerly The Elephant Theatre) is directed by David Fofi
A 60's Trilogy features three short plays:
• Raw Open Wound: Five strangers, each scarred by the Vietnam War, attempt to come to terms with their individual grief, loss, and the 58,000 names on The Wall as they converge at the 1982 opening of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Starring Lorna Duyn, Lawrence Dillard, Scott Krinsky, Mark Adair Rios, Tony Williams
• Jack Ruby is my Idol: A black woman and a white man, who were raised together as children but were torn apart after the Kennedy assassination reunite for the first time since those shining moments known as "Camelot." Starring: Joe Dalo, Chantel Deniese
• Montgomery: A hospital emergency room is crowded with black and white marchers who were beaten mercilessly by law enforcement during a march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Inspired by the whites who like so many countless blacks also lost their lives tragically during the civil rights struggle. Starring John Charles Meyer, Jean Noel Ruhland.
"As a U.S. Navy veteran and artist, I had the privilege of working with the USVAA members as a director, acting teacher, mentor and facilitator, which culminated in readings of original works at Sony Studio and the Actors Gang," says director David Fofi. "I am proud that I will be serving as the Artistic Director of the new USVAA Vets Repertory, developing a comprehensive theater program and utilizing the many talented veteran artists in concert with non-veteran professionals.This compelling new play will be a launching pad for our future endeavors, continuing to provide acting, directing and creative writing workshops as well as staging future original work by the participants, empowering veteran artists to flourish."
Tommy Carter is a graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts, BFA, Drama. As a writer Mr. Carter is included in the book Great Monologues from The Mark Taper Forum. Theatre credits include Hellz Kitchen Ablaze (The Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival, The Hudson, Pan Andreas and The Elephant) and Teamsterz Basement (The Cast.) TV writing credits includeStomp (BET), The Marshal (ABC), ABC and recently creating the seriesRemake for BET. Member Los Angeles Playwrights, Los Angeles Black Playwrights, Padua Hills Playwrights Conference. Mr. Carter is a member of WGAw and SAG-AFTRA (Thomas George Carter). TV/Film acting credits include Secret Service to President Fitzgerald Grant on Seasons 3 and 4Scandal, Baby-O, Something New, (A Filmed One-Man Show). Theatre credits include True Confessions (The Complex,) Porgy and Bess and Aida(Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), The Bridgehead (Odyssey).
David Fofi (Director/Artistic Director of Revenant Stage and Founding Artistic Director of USVAA Veterans Repertory). After serving with the US Navy, David Fofi went on to study theatre at California State University Long Beach, where he met a core group of artists who would become the Elephant Theatre Company, now Revenant Stage. David is now also the founding artistic director for the USVAA Veteran's Repertory. Over the past twenty years David has Produced forty Stage Productions and directed twenty-seven, garnering many of the most prestigious theatre awards and nominations in Los Angeles and beyond. David is a member of The US Veterans Artists Alliance where he teaches acting and directing classes as well as workshops for returning Veterans and Veterans Acting Professionally.
USVAA Veterans Repertory is a new partnership between United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (USVAA) and the American Theater Channel. Working with military veteran actors, directors and writers, the company will present new and classic works of theater at the USVAA theater and locations throughout the country. It was recently announced that David Fofi is USVAA Veterans Repertory's new artistic director.
Additionally, USVAA networks with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans' communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television, the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
Where possible, USVAA strives – as spokespersons in the veteran's community and in our endeavors as artists – to address issues of concern to veterans and their families via artistic endeavors and platforms. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.
For more information about USVAA, visit: http://usvaa.org
Performances of A 60's Trilogy take place August 31 through September 23, 2018. Opening weekend, performances will be Friday and Saturday August 31 and September 1 at 8pm. The remainder of the performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm.
The New American Theatre (http://www.newamericantheatre.com/
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin