Sergeant Drea Garcia, an Iraq veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003-08, is the force behind this brief run. She will be part of a cast that also includes Iraq veterans Staff Sergeant Robert Kugler and Staff Sergeant Chris Loverro, Vietnam-era veteran Max Thayer, along with civilian Cynthia Aldrich, who has performed in the play before.
Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Luis F. Soto directs.
American Soldiers, according to press notes, tells the story of the "Colletti Family, an upper middle class suburban family being torn apart when the eldest daughter returns from Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Carlo Sr., the patriarch and PTSD sufferer from his time in Vietnam, must try and keep the family together while confronting his own responsibility in his daughter’s suffering. The play examines the power of family destiny, the urge of children to break away, and an American culture that subjects generation after generation to the horrors of war."
The set and lighting design are by P. David Miller. The producers are Drea Garcia, Jessica Moreno and Matt Morillo.
All proceeds will benefit Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. For more information, visit www.TeamRubiconUSA.org. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at www.plays411.com/americansoldiers or via phone at (323) 960-7738. American Legion Hollywood Post 43 is located at 2035 Highland Avenue in Los Angeles.