By Jeffrey Skinner
August 7 – 31, 2014
“Down Range, a raw and touching new play by Jeffrey Skinner exposing how returning soldiers survive the war at home. Two veterans return home after their convoy is hit by an IED in Iraq. Torn between family and the call of duty, their wars continue at home, opening old wounds of betrayal, fear, infidelity, and loneliness for them and their wives. In this touching, poetic, brutal and romantic commentary on current events, the veterans and their fractured families are forced into a surprising and bitter realism. And, only one thing is certain – the high cost paid by all.”
Jeffrey Skinner is an American poet, writer, playwright, and professor of Creative Writing at the University of Louisville. His most recent collection of poetry is Salt Water Amnesia (Ausable Press, 2005). Skinner is editor of two anthologies of poems: Last Call: Poems of Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance and Passing the Word: Poets and Their Mentors. Four of Skinner’s plays have been finalists in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conerence competition, and his one-act, Damned Spot, won the 2006 Paw Paw Village Players short play competition. In 2002, Skinner served as Poet-in-Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut.
Down Range was presented August 7-31, 2014 and was directed by Kay Martinovich.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Photos by Ron Goldman
Chicago Veterans – Kevin Barszcz, President
Down Range is a must see, not only for the Veteran community and spouses, but for civilians as well. The actors are some of the best I’ve ever seen, I felt like I was back in the military, at times it was almost too real. Get a first hand feel for life in the military, from the commitment to the sacrifice, this play will leave you wanting to see it again and again.
Chicago Theatre Review – Colin Douglas
The real sacrifices made by men and women in the military, and particularly those involving loved ones, is virtually unknown to most private citizens. Career soldiers seem to be their own breed of animal, belonging at once to their close-knit military band of brothers, but also part of their own civilian families waiting back home. The quandary and personal struggle over which family should dominate a soldier’s life is told in a series of scenes and monologues that add up to a powerful look at one of society’s unknown elements.
Chicago Stage Standard – Drew Wancket
Down Range is an important work about an aspect of American life that for many of us seems quite distant. But it demands our attention and understanding.
Windy City Times – Mary Shen Barnidge
This Genesis Theatre production is directed by legendary Chicago expat Kay Martinovich, whose expertise with polemical drama is apparent in the clearly defined devolution of Carl Herzog’s Frank and David Lawrence Hamilton’s Doc from idealistic intellectuals seeking adventure to monosyllabic battle-fatigued grunts trudging from day to day.