Former Air Force C-130 pilot and English professor at the United States Air Force Academy J.A. Moad II amplifies the voices of American veterans in this searing play. "Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home" chronicles the toll of war on different generations: a seven year-old boy who hears his father screaming in the night after returning from Afghanistan, a fifty year-old man wrestling with the memory of his Marine son who returned from Iraq disillusioned and broken, and a soldier who experiences a pivotal midnight encounter at a rust-belt bar.
Before coming to New York, "Outside Paducah" debuted in Minneapolis at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in 2016. Moad, whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals, is dedicated to bringing veteran's voices to the mainstream.
"Outside Paducah" is part of the Poetic Theater's Veteran Voices 2017 series. In connection with the production, veterans will read poetry and other work prior to each performance. Veteran Hayley Johnson, who has worked with Bedlam Outreach, a program designed to help veterans overcome the traumas of war through Shakespeare and acting, will read on Sept. 30th. Veteran art will also be on display during the show's run, through Oct. 15.