Harbor Stage's "Sticks & Bones" On the Front Lines of the War at Home
By: iO Staff, August 14, 2012
JONATHAN FIELDING/HTC - Ozzie (HTC co-founder Robert Kropf) and Ricky (Teddy Lytle) come to terms with the war at home and overseas in Harbor Stage Company's production of "Sticks and Bones."
The Harbor Stage Company launches the third and final chapter of its critically-acclaimed inaugural season this week with David Rabe’s tragic farce Sticks and Bones.
The production marks the Cape Cod premiere of the much lauded, rarely produced play, a searing dark comedy whose Broadway production earned the 1972 Tony Award for Best Play.
A riotous and unflinching look at the haunting ravages of war, Sticks and Bones traces a Vietnam veteran’s return to his boyhood home, and explores the traumatic effect of violent conflict on soldiers and their families.
But names will never hurt me...
Sticks and Bones
By David Rabe
Directed by Lewis D. Wheeler
Harbor Stage Company
15 Kendrick Avenue, Wellfleet
Performances Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM through September 8
Tickets $20; available online or via the Harbor Stage box office: 508-349-6800.
Pay-What-You-Can Night on Friday, August 17
Free tickets for veterans on Thursday, August 23 with an audience talk-back with the cast, director and local veteran’s groups following the performance.
Directed by Harbor Stage Company co-founder Lewis D. Wheeler, the production’s cast includes Alex Pollock (winner of an Elliot Norton Award for Company One’s The Aliens), Robert Murphy of Boston Playwright’s Theatre and Underground Railway, Teddy Lytle of New York’s Access Theater, and Harbor Stage newcomer Caitlin Wilson as the enigmatic Zung.
Harbor Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Kropf and co-founder Brenda Withers round out the cast as Ozzie and Harriet, the playwright’s nod to the quintessential portrait of suburban domestic bliss.
With Sticks and Bones, Rabe, a Vietnam veteran, explores “the unspeakable difficulties that young veterans—many of them just kids out of high school—face both on tours of duty and in trying to readjust to life back home,” said Wheeler. “The play dives into this chaotic absurdity of re-entry—both tragic and hilarious—and seeks a deeper understanding of what ‘coming home’ was all about.”
Forty years after the New York debut of Sticks and Bones, another American generation finds itself navigating a post-war landscape, with large numbers of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and seeking to reintegrate into life on the home front.
The Harbor Stage will offer a special performance of Sticks and Bones with free tickets for all veterans on Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 PM. There will be a talk-back after the performance with the cast and director and members of local veteran’s groups.
Elliot Norton Award-winning set designer Cristina Todesco of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and lighting designer Deb Sullivan of Public Theater in New York and the Humana Festival, costume designer Daniel Kozar, projection designer Bridget Doyle, and sound design consultant Richard Bock round out the creative team.