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Letters Home

  • Dates: November 11, 2018
  • Times: Starting: 2:00 PM
  • Admission: $20
  • Clemens Center
    207 Clemens Center Parkway
    Elmira, NY 14902-1046
  • Phone: (607) 734-8191
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Celebrating its 10th anniversary, LETTERS HOME is a critically lauded production that, without politicizing,  puts the soldier experience in Iraq and Afghanistan front and center by bringing to life actual war letters written home by soldiers serving in the Middle East.

The production uses minimal props and set pieces to dramatize the letters.  It employs the use of images and video projected behind the actors as they perform the letters as dramatic monologues. The photos and video used in the production are taken directly from actual soldiers’ blogs, Facebook and Twitter. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play all performances are followed by a post-play discussion.

The Clemens Center is currently soliciting examples of letters and photos from military families to be featured in the program book. Many folks have an old footlocker in the attic or garage filled with correspondence that tells the true human story behind conflict abroad and the emotional separation from loved ones at home that takes place. We know these letters will spark conversation and, hopefully, a better understanding of the enormous sacrifice given by all members of military families.

Letters Home is recommended for ages 13 and up when accompanied by an adult.

Show Length: 95 minutes, no intermission

Letters Home
  • Clemens Center
  • 207 Clemens Center Parkway
  • Elmira, NY 14902-1046
  • November 11, 2018 to November 11, 2018
  • $20

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Clemens Center

207 Clemens Center Parkway
Elmira, NY 14902-1046
(607) 734-8191
Located in Mark Twain Country just south of the Finger Lakes, the Clemens Center is the region's premier performing arts center with two spectacular performance spaces. Mandeville Hall is a flexible, black box venue suitable for intimate performances, corporate events, and parties. The majestic Powers Theater is an architectural treasure that has been restored to its vaudevillian-era grandeur. Magnificent murals, gold-leaf details, and reconstructed opera boxes adorn the theater just as they did when it opened in 1925. The 1,618-seat venue has been called the most beautiful theatre between New York City and Buffalo—it is truly awe-inspiring! Renovation in 2008 included expanding the stage and upgrading technical equipment, making it possible to showcase the best in live entertainment. From nationally touring Broadway shows and dazzling dance programs to rousing rock 'n' roll concerts and feel-good family entertainment, the Clemens Center excites and delights audiences of all ages! The Center’s mission, though, extends beyond entertainment and into the community through school programs, outreach activities for the underserved, and subsidized facility rentals for its six Resident Companies: Common Time Choral Group, Elmira Little Theatre, New Heights Dance Theater, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Rafael Grigorian Ballet Theatre, and Thursday Morning Musicales. These nonprofit arts organizations provide community members with the opportunity to perform several times a year on a professional theatre stage. The Clemens Center is the perfect place to connect with family and friends and enjoy memorable experiences that enrich, inspire, and amaze.