The Eyes of Babylon, One Marine's Experience in Iraq, Will Play PA's Bristol Riverside

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Jeff's Key's one-man show The Eyes of Babylon, based on his journals from his military experience in Iraq, will replace Arthur Miller's All My Sons at Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA.

Written and performed by Key, and directed by Yuval Hadadi, the play will run March 15-April 3. Opening night is March 17.

The Eyes of Babylon, according to BRT, "dramatizes Key's deployment as a former Lance Corporal Marine during his two months in Iraq before he was med-evac'd home for surgery. While deployed in Iraq, Key kept his sanity by recording his experiences in a notebook protected in the cargo pocket of his uniform. Although initially an enthusiastic enlistee as a Marine reservist in 2000, he grew increasingly frustrated with revelations about the impetus of the U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. He received an honorable discharge under the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy when he admitted being gay."

Key has since established The Mehadi Foundation, named for a young Iraqi boy Key met while there, designed to help Iraqi veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as Iraqi civilians.

Key was the subject of a 2007 Showtime documentary, "Semper Fi: One Marine's Journey."

"The Eyes of Babylon isn't just about the horribleness of war," Key said in a statement. "No matter what the politics and the reality of the American intervention in Iraq, I felt that I had come to the country with an intense desire to help its people." The Eyes of Babylon premiered at the Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood, CA, and, after a successful eight-month run, has since been performed in San Francisco, Lexington, KY, Birmingham, AL, Salt Lake City and Dublin, Ireland.

For tickets, visit brtstage.org or call the BRT box office at (215) 785-0100.

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