The Fort Hood soldiers have a chance to see a play about something they know a lot about – the effects of deployment.
The play’s producers say the goal is to open up a discussion about the devastating effects of war not just on the soldiers but their families and entire communities as well.
The play called Basetrack Live is produced by Engarde Arts. It is an award-winning multimedia production that follows a group of Marines from the First Battalion to their deployment to Middle East.
The actors rehearsed Tuesday afternoon to get ready for evening show at 6 pm and they also perform Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am and 2 pm at Palmer Theater at the base.
The play portrays a real life Marine AJ and his wife Melissa Czubai and their journey from his deployment to his return home.
Colonel David Gibson says, ” Bringing this production to Fort Hood is going to help us with establishing a dialog, helping folks to have a better understanding of this very human experience.”
Anne Hamburger, artistic director for the play says, “It really tells every man’s story because AJ’s experience in the military and then coming home to his family is really a story of every infantry person.”
Fort Hood officials say there is still a stigma around mental health issues resulting from war.
Colonel Gibson says it is important to encourage soldiers to open up about any issue they face and feelings they battle.
For details go to www. engardearts.org/basetrack-live.