“KCACTF is absolutely unique,” Lim says. “It’s the only organization of its sort, for those of us who are not in major cities like Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco. It’s a real lifeline for theatrical success. It opens doors for our student playwrights who might not otherwise get their plays seen by the outside.”
“An Army of One” tells the story of an Iraq war veteran who struggles to reconcile his memories of the war with his everyday life when he returns home. Boatright, now a technical writer in Minneapolis, Minn., based the play, in part, on a Newsweek article he read about an Iraq war veteran who committed suicide after returning home.
“It’s about supporting the people who need our help the most,” Boatright says. “‘An Army of One’ contends the people who need our help the most are veterans of foreign wars, people who come home broken. It makes the argument we need to do better for these men. We need to do better for these women.”
He says the play is not about supporting or opposing the war, but rather “owning it, both the good things we’ve done in Iraq and the bad things.”
Boatright, a native of Topeka, added one scene after the KU performances to help explain the perspectives of the various supporting characters.
Boatright, six cast members, six crew members and others will be headed by bus to Fargo for performances at noon and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27. They’ll perform a benefit show at 7:30 p.m. Friday at KU to help pay for the trip.
Boatright says a common comment he heard from those walking out of the theater in November was that even though the show is an hour and 10 minutes long, the audience felt it was much longer.
“When people say that, it’s not because they felt the show was bad and they were looking at their watches,” Boatright explains. “It’s because of the content matter and what’s done on stage — the quality of the actors and the directors — that culminates into this experience that’s overwhelming. It literally bombards you.”