Col. Jim Thompson was held nearly nine years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Tom Philpott’s book about that ordeal and Thompson’s subsequent return to the USA has been adapted into an opera by composer Tom Cipullo. Tri-Cities Opera will offer five performances of it in the Opera Center on Clinton Street in Binghamton. General and Artistic Director Susan Ashbaker and conductor Joshua Horsch talk about this powerful yet lyrical drama, and the events around the performances. The November 11 performance will be free for veterans who reserve tickets through the Vet’s Center. http://wskg.org/audio/gloryhorsch.mp3
Tim O’Brien’s award-winning book ‘The Things They Carried’ is the source for a series of events around the Binghamton area. Studio 271 Productions presents a dramatic reading at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on March 10 and 11 in an adaptation by Martin M. Murray. The SUNY-Broome Center for Civic Engagement presents a guided deliberative discussion—’The Limits of Power: The United States in Vietnam’ on March 8 at 6:30pm in the Decker Community Room of the Broome County Public Library. Tim O’Brien will also appear on March 25 in the Helen Foley Theatre of Binghamton High School. The events are part of the NEA Big Read, a month-long series of programs highlighting ‘The Things They Carried’, presented by SUNY-Broome Community College.We hear more from director Kate Murray and Prof. Mary Donnelly.
‘I Was There in ’67” is a play that consists of monologues from 10 Vietnam Veterans, collected and edited by playwright Judith Present. It is being presented in one performance this weekend. Actor Foster Daniels talks about his character and the interactions he has had with some of the men who really were there. http://wskg.org/audio/present67.mp3