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The Telling Project Comes to Des Moines

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 By Richard AlanContact
August 13, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Veterans of wars from WWII to Afghanistan will take to the stage in Des Moines this fall to tell stories about enlistment, deployment, combat and returning to civilian life. It's part of the national theatrical effort called the "Telling Project."

Director Jennifer Fawcett says that since 2008 there have been such performances by real-life veterans in 30 cities in eight states.

"What's different about this project is that it's the veterans themselves who are actually speaking to an audience. It's a remarkably powerful event."

Fawcett says they are working with the Des Moines Area Community College and veterans' organizations to find veterans or military family members to tell their stories.

"We interview people, we record those interviews on videotape, and then we invite everybody who has done an interview to be in the play."

She says the goal is to provide audiences with a greater understanding of what veterans and their families have gone through and what challenges they faced returning to work, school, and the rest of civilian life.

Those interested in participating can contact Randy Brown at

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