PHOTO CALL: Iraq War Vet, Marines Color Guard Join Aquila for Special Performance of Man Who Would Be King

News   PHOTO CALL: Iraq War Vet, Marines Color Guard Join Aquila for Special Performance of Man Who Would Be King The Aquila Theatre Company, making headlines in recent months with productions of Agamemnon starring Olympia Dukakis and an in-your-face staging of Othello, has just closed The Man Who Would Be King Off-Broadway, but not before some special guests took in the play.
Peter Meineck (center) with the U.S. Marines color guard.
Peter Meineck (center) with the U.S. Marines color guard. Photo by Emile F. Wamsteker

Aquila is donating a portion of the ticket sales from the production to the Wounded Warrior Project, a group which "provides a range of assistance to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots." The Man Who Would Be King is based upon the novella by Rudyard Kipling and is set in the northern reaches of Afghanistan.

Above, Aquila artistic director Peter Meineck meets with the U.S. Marines color guard before Aquila presented the Aug. 5 benefit performance. Below, Wounded Warrior Project spokesperson — and recent veteran of the war in Iraq — Sgt. Ryan Kelly greets cast members Louis Butelli, Richard Willis and Anthony Cochrane after the show.

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Louis Butelli, Sgt. Ryan Kelly, Richard Willis and Anthony Cochrane.
Louis Butelli, Sgt. Ryan Kelly, Richard Willis and Anthony Cochrane.