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Stage veteran and local theater professional Rob McKercher has been cast in the sole role of the Lied Center’s fall 2015 presentation of “The Things They Carried,” based on the best-selling book by Tim O’Brien about his Vietnam experience. The one-man powerful play, adapted for the stage by Jim Stowell, chronicles O’Brien’s personal journey from his innocent years in a small town in western Minnesota, to the jungles of Vietnam as a young American soldier, and back again. Shows are scheduled for Nov. 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12 in the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater. Tickets can be requested as part of a season package (four or more shows). Individual tickets will go on sale August 11.

McKercher is a native of Nebraska serving as director/designer/actor/scenic artist on over 465 professional productions. He started his theatrical career as an actor in six different national tours with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. While living in New York City, he performed, designed and directed for many critically acclaimed productions. He was also a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829 where he painted backdrops for more than 35 Broadway productions and served as the charge artist on the Tony award-winning design of “The Secret Garden” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others. Numerous television and feature movie credits include “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Kate and Allie.” He also painted for The American Ballet Theatre at Lincoln Center, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Dennis Cunningham Dance Company.

After earning his Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, McKercher directed multiple local productions at the Lied Center and served as associate artistic director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. For the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Robin garnered national and international attention for his innovative production of “A Thousand Cranes”, which has toured eight times from Alaska to Florida. He served as artistic director for the Lincoln Playhouse from 1996 to 2003. In 2002 he received the Sam Davidson Award for excellence in theatre arts at the Lincoln Mayor’s Arts Awards.

McKercher has been the theater departmental chair at Doane College since 2005. He teaches Acting, Directing, and Theatre History plus directs the majority of the main stage season.

Please note this performance contains adult language, content and themes.