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.