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War Words is a docu-play in the words of the men and women who served in the U.S. Military during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Based on the playwright’s interviews with veterans of the 20-year Long War and their families, War Words is composed of heroic and heartbreaking stories of the veterans, families, and allies of people who served: those who came home, and those who were left behind. 

Production photos by Jeremy Varner

 Running November 10 - December 17, 2023
@ A.R.T./New York Theatres
502 W 53rd Street

in association with NewYorkRep

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"17 Shows to See off-Broadway in November"

- Raven Snook, TDF


"Preview: War Words, Soldiers' Stories"

- Pix 11, Morning News

"A truly special evening...The actors, some of whom are veterans themselves, affected me in ways I would have never anticipated...I was incredibly moved."

- Michael Kelleher, Theatr App

"You will be moved, entertained, and it will bring tears to your eyes…

Beautifully produced. Beautifully directed. Beautifully acted."

- Peter Filichia, Broadway Radio

"Vital and ought to be heard far and wide."

- Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania


"A damn compelling 90 minutes…it’s unlikely you’ll leave A.R.T./New York unmoved."

- Marc Miller, OffOffOnline


"Fascinating…A thoroughly gripping piece of documentary theater…This first-rate production provides a crash course in the lives of an America we often forget is essential to our understanding of where this country is today."

- David Barbour, Lighting & Sound America


"This is a majestic ensemble work; words, direction, acting, choreography, and lighting...It is a must-see."

- Holli Harms, Front Row Center

"The performers are perfection and a complete ensemble or better yet a band of brothers and sisters...They fill the stage with truth and honesty."

- Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles

"See it…an important and dramatically effective play. When you leave the theater, you know you’ve had an experience that moves you intellectually and emotionally."

- WBAI 99.5FM

"War Words offers an important reminder of the sacrifices that the few, the proud, and the faithful make."

- James Wilson, Talkin' Broadway


Click here to read the bios of our cast, creative + production teams.

in alphabetical order:

John David Alan Basche * (he/him)

Jennifer – Maggie Bofill * (she/her)

Nate Donald Calliste * (he/him)

Matt – John Concado * (he/him)

Amy Jennean Farmer * (she/her)

Kimberley – Bethany Geraghty * (she/her)

Steve – Brandon Jones * (he/him)

Dan F – Kevin Loreque * (he/him)

James Matthew Nikitow * (he/him)

Janis Haythem Noor * (he/him)

Emily Alysia Reiner * (she/her)

Nash – Joshua David Robinson * (they/he)

Pete John Siciliano * (he/him)

Danny – Jakob von Eichel * (he/him)

† indicates an NLTP company member 

* indicates a member of Actors' Equity Association

^ indicates a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

Written by Michelle Kholos Brooks (she/her)

Directed by Sarah Norris ^ (she/her)

Percussion Orchestration by Mariana Ramirez (she/her)

Percussionist & Additional Orchestration by Andrew Beall (he/him)

Movement by Sarah Grace Houston (she/her)

Casting by Gama Valle † (él/him) 

Scenic Design by Brian Dudkiewicz  (he/him)

Costume Design by Julia Squier  (she/they)

Lighting Design by Elaine Wong (she/they)

Sound Design by Janet Bentley  (they/them) + Andy Evan Cohen  (he/him)

Property Master/Scenic & Sound Assistant Danielle Pecchioli (she/her)

Costume Assistant Alex Wolf (he/him)

Wardrobe Supervisor Krista Grevas (she/her)

Lighting Assistant/Master Electrician Daniel Mackle (he/him)

Production Stage Manager Madeleine Blossom * (she/her)

Assistant Stage Manager Olivia Fletcher (she/her)

General Manager Kaylin Kellin (she/her)

Producer Kleo Mitrokostas † (she/her)

Press Representation by Keith Sherman (he/him) + Brett Oberman (he/him)

Executive Director NewYorkRep Gayle Waxenberg (she/her)

War Words is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

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