The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company’s first second-stage offering, Make Sure It’s Me, is a workshop production of a new work by Kate Wenner, an award-winning producer of ABC’s 20/20, in the FAC Music Room, Sept. 13-23. A talk back will follow each performance. The play is based on Wenner’s nine months of interviews with Iraq war veterans who experienced life-changing traumatic brain injuries. Wenner began her research for the play in Colorado Springs at Fort Carson. Wenner and her play were recently featured on National Public Radio this past January and in an opinion piece Wenner wrote for the New York Times in March.
Audience feedback is encouraged. There will be a talkback after every performance.
Kate Wenner and local activist / military wife Amber Nicodemus will be on hand following the performance on Friday, Sept. 14.
Noted Denver theatre critic John Moore will lead the discussion on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The story is set in a university brain trauma clinic where five vets, injured in IED explosions in Iraq, confront the truth that their lives will never be the same again. Jo Fitch, the passionate, tough-minded doctor treating them, decides to expose the Pentagon’s indifference to the epidemic of brain injuries that she believes will turn out to be the Agent Orange of the Iraq War.
“Talking with the families of Fort Carson soldiers was a transformative experience for Wenner, one that spurred the former 20/20 producer to visit military bases and Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country. (She) interviewed doctors, veterans, wives and mothers dealing with traumatic brain injury.” – Colorado Springs Independent
Tickets are discounted for military: $15 for general admission; $10 for military. Tickets are available by calling 634.5583 or at the door.
· CultureWest.com lists Make Sure It’s Me as one of the ‘10 Most Intriguing Fall Titles’ in Colorado.
· National Public Radio feature: ‘Playwright Battles for Injured Vets on Stage.’
· New York Times feature: ‘War Is Brain-Damaging’ by Kate Wenner
· Try to Remember: Preview by the Colorado Springs Independent
· Newly purposed space in the FAC: Preview by coloradosprings.com