Photo Editor /Staff writer, Lake Worth Campus
The Griffin Theatre Company performed their award winning and poignant production of Letters Home on November 12, 2013 at the Duncan Theatre on Lake Worth Campus. The play focused on actual letters of active military in combat through tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout stages of theater in the Middle East.
Letters Home opened with soldiers in full combat uniforms reciting letters they have sent home to their families during their tour of duty. Some of the letters were funny, others sad but most heart touching.
One of the actors portrays a mother of a soldier that is injured during an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on his unit in Iraq. The soldier saves the lives of his unit by acting valiantly and without fear during the IED attack.
The correspondence continues back and forth with letters from the injured soldier to his mother and back regarding his stay at the VA Hospital recovering from an amputated leg.
The show closes with many of the soldiers reciting what would be their last letter home as their name is displayed on the projector above the stage with their date of death in combat.
The crowd was visibly emotional and the sounds of sobbing could be heard once they realized the majority of the soldiers have died in combat. Following the conclusion of the play the theatre company took their seats on stage for an informative Q&A session with the audience which was filled with Veterans and Students.