Wagner College Theatre kicked off its Spring 2014 theatre season last week with the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone! Now, just one week later, the mood is much different as the nationally recognized theatre program prepares to kick off its black box studio theatre season tonight with a drama set for our time. War is something our generation has become to well familiar with. As the United States continues to fight in the Middle East, we often find ourselves caring most for our troops when they are overseas representing our country. But what happens when our soldiers come home? Do they find peace? Do they struggle to return to society? Has what they seen changed them forever? All of that and more on covered in this brand new drama perfect for our generation set to hit the stage at Wagner College Theatre’s Stage One. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre is kicking off its Stage One Spring 2014 season tonight with the New York City premiere of My Soldiers!
My Soldiers is a play written by Richard Kalinoski and tells the story of a young solider, Angi, who returns from the war in Iraq. After returning home from Iraq, we find out the horrors Angi witnessed as a medic with the National Guard dealing with badly injured bodies and wounded soldiers day after day. Upon returning home, struggles not only to find meaning in her life but discover what exactly home is now that she has returned to her own country. The story is inspired by a meeting Kalinoski had with an army veteran medic who returned from the war recently. My Soldiers first premiered too much acclaim at Eastern University in 2009. The show had its professional premiere a the Detroit Repertory Theatre in 2010 and appeared at the Midwest Regional American College Theatre festival in 2011. Wagner’s production will mark the show’s New York City premiere.
The cast of My soldiers includes Tom Althoff as Jimmy, Christian Alvarez as Fallen Man, Noah Bridgestock recruiting Officer/Captain, Jeanine Bruen (Pictured Right) as Angi, Tom De Michele as Lieutenant, Phil Della Noce as Chuck, Julia Karis as Rachel, Allie Luecke as Dr. Perlman, Daniel Marconi as Gilbert, Jesse McCaig as Hank, Jesse Mills as James, Julia Paladino (Pictured Right) as Trish/Waitress and Daniela Sottile as Dr. Provinzano.
Playwright Richard Kalinoski is directing the New York City premiere. The rest of the creative team includes Brendan McCann as scenic designer, Anna Kate Spears as costume designer, Emily Lovell as lighting designer with Nina Weber and Emma McElwee as sound designers. Margo Murphy-Gross is production stage manager.
In an interview with the Staten Island Advance, Kalinoski mentioned how excited he was to be working with the students at Wagner on the piece.
“They show up on time. They do the work and they’re smart.”
Richard Kalinoski is an award-winning playwright whose work has been seen not only here in the states but internationally as well. He is best known for his play Beast on the Moon which was performed at the Humana Festival in 1995. Since then, the show has been performed in England, Moscow, Estonia and even Off-Broadway in 2005. The show has received such notable awards as The Osborn Award (American Critics Assoc.), the Agnouni Award (Armenian Relief Society of North America), the Garland Award (Backstage West), Best Play from the Repertory, Moliere Award (Prix Moliere) of Paris, France (in addition to four other Moliere Awards), and the ACE Award in Argentina, for Best Play in the year. His work has been seen in cities all around the world ranging from Philadelphia to Buenos Aires.
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Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review each year. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 only behind Carnegie Mellon. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces 8 productions a year. This season, Wagner College Theatre has already presented Little Shop of Horrors and Romeo and Juliet on the Mainstage as well as Scab and Zombie Prom in Stage One. The rest of their season besides The Drowsy Chaperone includes Carousel on the Main Stage and My soldiers and The Dance Project in Stage One.
My Soldiers will run at Wagner College Theatre through March 9th! Performances begin Tuesday March 4th! The show runs through Sunday March 9th. All performances are at 8 PM with 2 PM matinees on Saturdays as well. Sunday March 9th is only a 2 PM performance. For tickets, visit the Wagner College Theatre Box Office in Main Hall or call (718)-390-3259. The box office is open Monday through Fridays 12 PM to 4 PM. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!
The Cast of My Soldiers at Wagner College Theatre