War Words by Michelle Kholos Brooks.
Presentation in NY and LA this Veteran’s Day 2020.
War Words is a documentary-style play that creates radical empathy and breaks down biases about the military. By the end of the play, the audience will feel like they have been to war with the characters, actually standing in their boots. We come to realize that those who serve are human beings, just like those who don’t. War Words puts a human face on some of our nation’s heroes by changing our mindset about those who serve our country.
Michelle Kholos Brooks (Playwright) Michelle Kholos Brooks is an award-winning playwright with productions staged internationally. Awards and distinctions include the Susan Glaspell Award for Hitler’s Tasters, the Riva Shiner Comedy Award for Kalamazoo, co-written by Kelly Younger. Hitler’s Tasters was also named Best of Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Stage Magazine, and the filmed stage version of Hitler’s Tasters was named as a Must-Watch by the L.A. Times. Hostage was a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, The Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest and a Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Chair received second place in the Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays.
Plays have been produced and/or developed at the Skylight Theatre (World Premier, Hostage) Centenary Stage (World Premier, Hitler’s Tasters), Pacific Resident Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Bloomington Playwright’s Project (Rolling World Premier, Kalamazoo), The Colony Theatre (World Premier, Family Planning) Florida Repertory Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Wordsmyth Theatre, The Barrow Group, Bay Street Theatre, Venue 9 Theatre, Wings Theatre, Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Drama West, Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, New Light Theatre Project, 59E59th St. Theatre, Olive Theatre; Greenside at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Adobe Rose Theatre and the Electric Lodge.
Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine and The Daily Beast.
Brooks earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. In addition, she is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. www.MichelleKholosBrooks.com
MARKUS POTTER (NY Director) Markus was honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, and the New York Times Critics’ pick for his off-Broadway production of Stalking The Bogeymanat New World Stages, which he adapted and directed. He has recently directed at The Portland Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, Center Rep, London’s Southwark Playhouse (Off-West End Award nomination for Best Production and Best Direction), and the New World Stages production of Church and State (off-Broadway Alliance nomination for best new play). As an actor he spent several seasons with The Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center, Long Wharf Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep, the tour of Death of A Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, and many more.