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Written by James McManus

Directed by Michael Fields & Roman Sanchez

Showcasing at Dell‘Arte Theater ~ Blue Lake, CA


the Veterans Monologues Project

A Theatrical Production Built from the Writings and Stories of Veterans from Vietnam War to Today

While at a conference in Colorado in 1992 Eric Hollenbeck spent two days pacing back and forth along the streets with a small cassette recorder.  As he paced, poems poured from him as he purged his memories of his time as a soldier in Vietnam. He served in the A Shau Valley in 1968 during some of the most intense fighting of the war. The poems took on the rhythm of his strides and became Uncle Sam’s Tour Guide to Southeast Asia.

With the inspired input of Lester Grant, of The Grant Collection, the concept of a play was born. Nationally known playwright James McManus was brought on board and met with and collected stories from many veterans in several cities. Jim traveled to Eureka to experience Eric, his wife Viviana, and the magical place they have created, Blue Ox Historic Village. Over pizza in the cook shack, Jim was welcomed by the veterans who were involved in the building of the Lincoln Hearse replica as they shared their personal take on war and life.  

Radioman blends these stories which represent soldiers from the Vietnam War through to current military conflicts – across race, gender, rank and file. The stories from the jungles of Vietnam, the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Blue Ox Historic Village and President Lincoln’s funeral procession and re-enactment, have love as a common theme. This is the love that allows the survivors and their families to make their journeys towards healing and redemption.

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Blue Ox Historic Village and School

is the Producing Agency for RADIOMAN.

Blue Ox Village was formed as a not-for-profit public charity 501(c)(3) in 2004 to promote the benefits of hands-on craftsmanship.

Prior to the formation of the Village, Eric and Viviana Hollenbeck, as Blue Ox Millworks, operated a program for high-school students for over 30 years. In 2015 Blue Ox Village was thrilled to start a Veterans program. The veterans’ first project was to participate in building a full size reproduction of Abraham Lincoln’s hearse for the 150th Anniversary of his funeral in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. The net proceeds for the production of Radioman will be used to further promote the programs of the Village, empowering our youth and community through education and promotion of craftsmanship, traditional arts, self-sufficiency and life skills.

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Eric Hollenbeck - Producer

Born and raised in Eureka, California.
Eureka High 1966. Worked in the woods 1965 through 1967. Drafted into the Army 1967; sent to Viet Nam in 1968; and deployed to “A” Company of the 327, 101st Air Borne early March. In the jungles around the A Shau Valley, I was Radioman for second platoon my entire tour - call sign 2-5-Charley. Honorably discharged Nov. 1968 and went back to work in the woods immediately upon returning home.

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Eric tarted Blue Ox Millworks in 1973. Married Viviana in 1977 and we continue to operate the Millworks, classes for High School students and a Veterans Program.


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Viviana, AKA “Queen Mother,” was born in Argentina and raised in Southern California, I have made Eureka my home since moving here in 1976 and falling in love with Eric ~ and the Blue Ox. The adventures have never ceased; from logging to manufacturing; from opening a tourist attraction to starting a school; from building a historic hearse to producing a play.

The best part of it all has been creating a place of learning and healing for not only ourselves, but also our three daughters, our students and our visitors ~ oh, and the animals ~ did I mention the animals?

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Lester P Grant - PRODUCER

Lester is an Experienced Producer with a demonstrated history of wearing many hats in the experiential events and entertainment industry. He has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout the United States and overseas including the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, Blue Man Group Productions (nationally and internationally)

and theatrical works including Martin McDonagh’s LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE and Steven Sater & Duncan Sheik’s SPRING AWAKENING with the Atlantic Theater Company. Lester is happy and grateful to be a part of the RADIOMAN producing team.

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James McManus - Playwright


His plays have been developed and performed at Cornerstone Theater Company, Labyrinth Theater Company,

The Road Theatre, Working Theater, Apothecary Theatre Company, The Clockwork Theatre, Glass Umbrella Creative (Sydney), Revolt Theatre (Melbourne), New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Barebones Productions, Irish Repertory Theatre, Son of Semele, The Side Project Theatre Company, The Lark Play Development Center and the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. James was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting for Cherry Smoke, which is published by Samuel French. He has also received the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and is a proud alumnist of New Dramatists.

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MICHAEL is a founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Dell'Arte Company and has directed over 50 productions for the company. He is also Director of the California State Summer School for the Arts. Michael is Producing Director for Dell'Arte's Mad River Festival.

Michael has directed theatre productions nationally and internationally, including new adaptations of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and Stephen King's MISERY in Aarhus, Denmark, a new adaptation of TARTUFFE at the Alley Theatre in Houston, a new GRAND GUIGNOL work for the Swedish National Theatre and was a resident director at Het Vervolg Theatre in Maastricht, Holland, directing six productions over five years.

Michael was a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for the American non-profit theatre. While on the TCG board, Michael served as the president of the International Theatre Institute/USA.


Roman Sanchez - DIRECTOR

Roman currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director at Dell'Arte International, Founding Artistic Director of Lime Arts Productions and serves on boards and committees at Ferndale Repertory Theatre, Redwood Curtain Theatre and Ooh La La Dance & Studios. He is a Kennedy Center National Arts Impact Award recipient, Herb Alpert Theatre recipient, former National Endowment for the Arts panelist and has been featured in American Theatre’s Roll Call.

Selected Directorial Credits: Ruzzante Comes Home From The War, Hay Fever, Gruesome Playground Injuries, State of Jefferson, Doubt: A Parable, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Actor’s Nightmare.

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KAITLYN SAMUEL ROSIN - Production Manager

KAITLYN is an acclaimed director, producer and actor of live theatre and film. She earned her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City where she made a name for herself as co-Artistic Director of Outside Inside Theatre specializing in the interpretation of new works by living playwrights.

She currently lives in Blue Lake, CA where she proudly serves as the Production Manager for Dell’Arte International and is chair of the board of directors for Redwood Curtain Theatre. At RCT she co-directed Good People with Cassandra Roberts Hesseltine last year, and recently directedMarjorie Prime last September, which was praised as “remarkable, must-see theatre.”


GRADY MOORE - Projection Designer

GRADY is from Portland, Oregon and is currently in his third year Humboldt State University and majoring in theater arts. He is frequently seen stage managing at HSU the first time was in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. He has continued on to stage manage Evil Dead: The Musical just recently.

At school, between his studies, he is currently scenic designing The Adoration of The Old Woman. Grady feels honored to be involved in such a wonderful project as Radioman and can’t wait to see what the future brings for this show.


MICHAEL "SPIKE" FOSTER - Lighting Designer

MICHAEL is Dell'Arte's Resident Lighting Designer. He has lit stages in 26 states, 16 countries, 4 continents, and both hemispheres - mostly with Dell'Arte.



DONALD attended Eastern Michigan University on a Drama scholarship and graduated with honors from HSU in 2007, earning degrees in film and journalism. He has appeared on Broadway in Paul Foster’s Elizabeth I, Tom Eyen’s The Dirtiest Show in Town and thirty plays at La MaMa and other Off-Off Broadway theaters.

Donald worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Pickle Family Circus and created the juggling troupe The Bay City Reds. He served as actor, playwright and co-artistic director with the Dell’Arte Players Company for thirty years. Donald created the Education Through Art program at Dell’Arte, providing thousands of Humboldt school children opportunities to grasp academic curricula through theater arts.

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ELIO ROBLES - Ensemble

ELIO is a HSU graduate where he received his B.A. in Theatre Arts. At his time at HSU, Elio went on to participate in shows such as Columbinus, Jungal Book, and Kiss Me, Kate.

He is eager to be working on Radioman and hopes it generates the awareness that it deserves.


FIVA PULU - Ensemble

FIVA is from San Diego, CA and is graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Performance from Humboldt State University this Fall.

She has been seen in the HSU production Real Women Have Curves as Estela, North Coast Repertory Theatre's production of Tenth Muse as Jesusa, Lime Arts Productions of Gruesome Playground Injuries as Kayleen and Ferndale Repertory Theatre's production of White Snake. Fiva also directs and creates theater & screen plays with her partner's production company Milky Clouds.



GARY attended Dell'Arte way back in that other century. He is happy to be part of this production. Other productions include: Jon in Marjorie Prime, Cal Porter in Mothers and Sons, Richard in Equivocation, Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car, Harry Wilson in The Pitmen Painters, Charlie Conlin (and others) in Stones in his Pockets, Reporter in Two Rooms, Mike in As Bees in Honey Drown, Laurence in Emma’s Child. Michael in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Peter in Prelude to a Kiss, Prospero in The Tempest, John in Oleanna, Dodge in Buried Child, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and John Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods.

Film/Television John Benedict in NCIS, John in Escape in Time and FBI Agent in The Majestic.

Education/Training Acting with Eric Morris, Actors Studio, Los Angeles. University of Massachusetts, Humboldt State University and Dell’Arte International.



ISAIAH is a student actor from Humboldt State University and is excited to be a part of Radioman! . A Southern California native, Isaiah's previous theater performances include a stage rendition of the popular children's story Charlotte's Web, Shakespeare's tragedy, Julius Caesar, and Oscar Wilde's comedy The Importance of Being Earnest.



SAYDA is an actress and theatre artist specializing in voice and movement, as well as devising physical theatre performances. Identity and storytelling inspire her personal work, as well as collective work with actors and non-actors. Sayda has taught and performed in 32 countries including Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Colombia, UK, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine with The Freedom Theatre, and India. Sayda has a BFA from CalArts, a graduate certificate from Dell'Arte, and an MA in Voice Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Sayda is full time faculty at the Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre.



SHAWN is a senior at Humboldt State University earning her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts with an acting emphasis. Shawn is an award-winning actress, singer and dancer from Los Angeles, California.

Some of her recent notable roles include Linda in Evil Dead the Musical, Sorel in Hay Fever, Tracy Lorde in The Philadelphia Story, Rozie in the west coast premiere of The Electric Baby, Ellie in The Whale winning the Inland Theatre League for excellence in performance and Marie in the US and Norwegian tour of the original work titled The Epiphany.



WILLIAM is currently enrolled in his 4th year at Humboldt State University, and will be graduating this spring with a B.A. in both Psychology and Theatre Arts. He is a 2x Kennedy Center of American College Theater Festival Irene Ryan Nominee. Will has performed at several locations in Humboldt County, including the various stages at HSU, Redwood Curtain Theatre, and North Coast Repertory Theatre. Selected Performance Credits: Ash in Evil Dead: The Musical, Walter in Marjorie Prime, Casey in The Legend of Georgia McBride, Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar, Bernard in Arcadia, Richard in Hay Fever, and Rod in Avenue Q.



ZUZKA is an actor, teacher, and community engager. She has performed with diverse companies, ranging from the CzechoSlovak-American Marionnette Theatre Co. in NYC to Woman’s Will in San Francisco, and is a founding member of Banana, Bag, & Bodice.

She has been on faculty at Dell’Arte International and a company member since 2010, with featured roles in Mary Jane: the Musical and Korbel V, among others, and is a regular performer at the Synapsis Collective monthly cabarets in Eureka, Ca. Zuzka is lead artist on Dell’Arte’s multi-year collaboration with the Wiyot Tribe and co-founder of the Dell’Arte Prison Project.