Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center presents: The American Soldier, written and performed by award winning actor Douglas Taurel
Douglas Taurel, performs his powerful and passionate solo show THE AMERICAN SOLDIER at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Thursday and Friday, May 25th and May 26th, at 8pm; and on Saturday May 27th at 7pm in the Black Box Theatre.
This show if FREE and open to the public, but does have limited seating.
The show is based on real stories and factual accounts from actual soldier and family member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan. It examines the internal struggles and problems that soldiers face when returning home from combat.
THE AMERICAN SOLDIER received 4 stars at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland and was nominated for the International Amnesty Award for theatre excellence. The show was also recently performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. during inauguration weekend.
In 55-minutes, enhanced by an ingenious interplay of sound and lights, Taurel enters into the personas of 14 veterans and their family members, telling their story of courage and sacrifice. THE AMERICAN SOLDIER exposes their flaws, and their scars, with both darkness and humor. THE AMERICAN SOLDIER is not simply a play, but a journey through the American story, moments that resound with lasting meaning for both audiences old enough to remember, and those young enough to yearn for inspiration.
Taurel explained, "This is a true work of passion and I deeply hope that audiences will go away with a deeper appreciation of the tremendous sacrifice our servicemen and servicewomen, and their families, have made for our country. I feel that the intense sacrifices that veterans and their families have made can never have enough awareness.”
"Onstage Taurel commits totally to his characters…flawlessly and powerful”
- The Huffington Post
“Taurel gives each voice a sensitive, moving presence…he is utterly believable”
- British Theatre Guide
“Moved by the devotion of the performer”
– Broadway Baby
“Edgy and adrenaline fueled”
– The Scotsman
Taurel's screen credits include playing tough and edgy characters in television programs including Mr. Robot, Nurse Jackie, Damages, The Americans, Person of Interest, Blue Bloods,Believe, NYC 22, and The Following. His recent film credits include a supporting role in the feature film The Cobbler, directed by Oscar nominated Tom McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman.
The play is directed by Padraic Lillis who was recently named to the Indie Theater Hall of Fame and Indie Theater Person of the Year in New York.