Ghost of War

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI

Friday, December 9, 20168:00 PM

ghost-of-warAronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater    

The Griffin Theater Company returns to the Aronoff Center for a second year with a show about the impact of war. Ryan Smithson was a typical 16-year-old high-school student until 9/11. “I’d thought about joining the military the moment I saw the towers fall,” he relates in this profoundly moving theatrical production based on Smithson’s acclaimed memoir. Smithson enlisted in the Army Reserve the following year and, a year into the Iraq war, was deployed to an Army engineer unit as a heavy-equipment operator. His poignant, often harrowing account, especially vivid in sensory details, chronicles his experiences in basic training and his tour of duty in Iraq. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play, the performance is followed by a post-play discussion.



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