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Lied Seeks Regional Actor for Leading Role, Auditions Held May 8-10 

Developed as part of the Grow A Show New Works Development Program, the Lied Center for Performing Arts is proud to announce that it will produce and present a powerful stage adaptation of “The Things They Carried,” based on Tim O’Brien’s critically-acclaimed novel about his experiences in the Vietnam War. Like the book, the one-man play, adapted for the stage and directed by Jim Stowell, will chronicle 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. The show is set to run in the Lied Center’s intimate Johnny Carson Theater in conjunction with Veteran’s Day 2015, Nov. 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12. Tickets will be available as part of a season subscription package starting May 12.

The Lied Center is holding an open call for regional male actors of all races and ethnicities, ages 40-70, to audition for the play’s sole role. Auditions and call-backs will be held May 8-10 in the Lied Center’s Warm-Up Room A. Interested actors should prepare a monologue and contact Petra Wahlqvist, Education and Community Engagement Director, by emailing pwahlqvist2@unl.edu to schedule an audition. The Lied Center welcomes both union and non-union actors to participate and the selected actor will be compensated.

“This will be an incredibly challenging, career-defining role for the actor who is selected,” said Wahlqvist. “With all of the amazing regional talent Nebraska and surrounding states have to offer, we are eager to start the audition process.”

As a Lied Center presented show, the Lied staff was also charged with developing marketing materials to educate community members about the production. “We asked Lied patrons to submit photos of real life U.S. veterans in uniform to utilize in our designs,” said Carrie Christensen, Communications Coordinator. “In just a couple of weeks, we’ve received hundreds of photos and are exploring the possibilities for an installation that might incorporate all of the images. We are so moved to already have this many people invested and interested in this project.”

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