Saturday, April 2, 2011 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Briggs Opera House
12 North Main Street
City, State: 
White River Jct.
VPT sponsored

How can we use literature, storytelling, discussions and films to better understand the plight of the returning veteran? With American soldiers, sailors and Marines on the ground throughout the world, NOW is the time to examine this issue!

Join Northern Stage's Catherine Doherty as she sets the stage for this state-wide program that revolves around the book The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien's inspiring book about combat troops in Vietnam. Catherine will tell personal stories about the effects of combat on the human spirit and discuss the power of storytelling.

Michael Heaney, the keynote speaker, is a veteran who will share his experience in Vietnam, his journey since returning, and his relationship to O'Brien's book.

Northern Stage is also pleased to welcome Pat Barrett, a student from The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), to speak. Pat will deliver a talk about CCS and why storytelling is important to him; he will also present a visual history on expression through cartoons during times of war.

This project will encourage communities throughout Vermont to appreciate great literature at a more analytical level and to better understand the veteran's experience. Northern Stage's mission as a non-profit theater involves telling stories in a compelling way; our program will take literacy to the next level by enabling students to tell their own stories and supporting the community by providing lectures, discussions, films, workshops and performances that surround this important and powerful book. Help Northern Stage and our many communitiy partners spread the word about the events that will take place over the next six weeks of programming.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website (, e-mail or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.

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