The Things They Carriedby Tim O'Brien
Performed byBilly Lyons
Recommended Ages14 and up
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The Things They Carried / Tim O'Brien
This masterwork of contemporary literature is a collection of short pieces about the character, Tim O'Brien, and his experiences surrounding the Vietnam War. He presents a blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction, that makes his journey unforgettable.
This Literature to Life original, adapted for the stage in 2004 features sixty minutes of verbatim performance from this unique and important piece of American Literature. Having been developed and premiered at Playhouse Square in Cleveland in collaboration with Mr. O’Brien, the actor leads us through five of the short stories from the book including The Rainy River and The Man I Killed. With original cello music as underscoring, the audience lays witness to the complex issues of war and the universal struggle of the soldier. Surrounded by a pre and post show interactive discussion the audience will explore themes including ethics, making choices and violence.
The Things They Carried ©1990 by Tim O’Brien
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used by permission of the author.
This was the first in a series that continued last night with Fahrenheit 451.
As a relatively new addition to The American Place Theatre family – and as a lover of theatre and live performance, but newcomer to all things backstage and behind the scenes – I had the most wonderful experience at Joe’s Pub on November 5, 2010 for the Literature to Life performance of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.
Posted by David Kener
In 2006, The American Place Theatre selected The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien as our Literature to Life Award recipient. That season, I traveled to Philadelphia to meet Tim and attend his presentation at the Public Library. On Nov 5th at 7pm, as part of the Preview of the Arts 2011 Festival, we will be presenting our presentation with live music of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried at Joe’s Pub along with a panel discussion on the themes he introduced that night in Philadelphia.READ MORE
Posted by Rob Bradshaw
When it’s for kids, you add sugar. Unless you’re American Place Theatre. Then you serve it straight. The Manhattan-based company, which specializes in adapting serious books for the stage, is going to offer Cleveland-area middle- and high-school students some hard stuff in two productions about young men who survive real-life horror, violence and despair.READ MORE
"I hope you have a sense of how much impact seeing The Things They Carried had on these kids. They raved about it all the way back to the dorm...and the next morning they were still having a lively debate about it. It's a cliche to say the performance brought history to life for them, but it is really true in this case."Frances Owens,
Teacher at U.S. Senate Page