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Syracuse University Military Veterans to Perform ‘Separated’ at Paley Center Nov. 13
The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, Syracuse Stage and the Syracuse University Alumni Association present a one-night-only New York City theatrical experience. “Separated,” a live performance based on the personal stories of eight Syracuse University student veterans, will take place at the Paley Center for Media on Monday, Nov. 13.
“Last fall, ‘Separated’ debuted at Syracuse Stage for what we intended to be its one and only performance,” says Vice Chancellor J. Michael Haynie. “However, the stories of ‘Separated’ moved and impacted so many so profoundly that we decided to ask the student veterans if they would perform ‘Separated’ just once more—this time in New York City. We were thrilled when all eight of them agreed.”
The military service experience of the eight students—Nick Brincka, Halston Canty, Zack Couch, Ginger Peterman, Brandon Smith, Jake VanMarter, Zack Watson and Kierston Whaley—includes tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The students represent the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
The title of the performance reflects the intense experiences each student endured first in separating from home and family to join the military, and then in separating from the military to return to civilian life.
A collaboration among the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and Syracuse Stage, the production allows these eight student veterans bring their experiences to life for the audience.
“Over many weeks last fall, these eight students were brave in telling their stories—the good, the bad, and the ugly—to Syracuse Stage playwright Kyle Bass,” says Haynie. “In turn, Kyle masterfully wove those stories into a narrative reflecting the intense experiences each student endured.”
The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception, and the performance will follow at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased until Nov. 11.