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ODU Theatre's "Fragments" Explores Homecoming Experience of Warriors

In "Fragments," a new play by the Old Dominion University theatre program, five warriors return from combat to their loved ones, compelling all of them to question what it means to return home in a journey of discovery, pain and understanding.

Adapting texts from the ancient Greek dramas of Sophocles, Euripides and Homer, as well as the works of Charles Mee, Jenifer Alonzo, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, directs "Fragments," an hour-long show that explores the homecoming experience of warriors and the complexities of reconnecting with loved ones.

A discussion, led by professionals in the armed services with expertise in the experience of the returning warrior, will follow each performance. The project is intended to facilitate conversations between people who have served and those who have not about what coming home actually means to a warrior and his or her family.

A review appeared this week in the local online magazine, AltDaily. Final performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27.

Active and retired military service members will receive a discounted admission ($10) to this play with their military ID.

Tickets, $10 for students and $15 for general admission, may be purchased in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the University Theatre lobby, or by calling 683-5305. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also are available at the door one hour before each performance.

The University Theatre is located on Hampton Boulevard between 46th and 47th streets. Free parking is available in the 45th Street garage. Metered street parking is also available.

This article was posted on: February 23, 2010

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