ABOUT THE PLAY
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
"17 Shows to See off-Broadway in November"
"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."
"You will be moved, entertained, and it will bring tears to your eyes…
Beautifully produced. Beautifully directed. Beautifully acted."
"Vital and ought to be heard far and wide."
"A damn compelling 90 minutes…it’s unlikely you’ll leave A.R.T./New York unmoved."
"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 about...it is essential to our understanding of where this country is today."
"This is a majestic ensemble work; words, direction, acting, choreography, and lighting...It is a must-see."
"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."
"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."
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)
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)