“Then you get out of the military and you try to integrate back—you do integrate back into the civilian world, but you quickly realize that nobody else is thinking that way, nobody else is thinking that everything they do is for a team. It is just for them” (Smith&True, 2014).
After two and a half years, dozens of interviews, four workshops, and hundreds of burpees, Goat in the Road is ready to premiere our newest project: Foreign to Myself. Foreign to Myself is an original play and series of community engagement events aimed to educate civilian populations about Veteran experience, and create dialogue between the two. And we need your help to make this project happen!
Less than one half of one percent of U.S. Citizens currently serve in the armed forces, creating a an experience gap between Veterans and civilians. Goat in the Road has spent the last two plus years connecting with military Veterans, families, and medical experts to learn about:
- What is the daily grind of homecoming after military service?
- How do Veterans re-establish identity in a civilian world?
- How dark is gallows humor anyway?
Here’s the lowdown:
March 25th, 2017: Goat in the Road helps host ‘Get Your Art On’; a free, Veteran-focused arts event with workshops, complimentary food and drink, and live music at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center (CAC).
May 18th - 21st, 2017: Goat in the Road premieres Foreign to Myself at the CAC. The play is a fast moving, darkly funny, captivating look at the daily life of the homecoming Veteran.
May Post-show Talkbacks: We’ll have an a panel of Vets and experts talk about identity and homecoming following a few of our shows.
And more! Goat in the Road is proudly part of the newly created Veterans Arts and Humanities Alliance here in the Crescent City, and will continue to work with this group to bring the arts where they are needed.
What will your help do? Goat in the Road is committed to paying the actors and artists who help make this work come alive. It’s important to us. Every production we aim to close that difference between what our artists make and that heavenly thing called ‘A Living Wage’. We have an incredible group of actors and designers helping to make this show happen, and we want to pay them properly for their time and expertise. Help us do that.
Risks and challenges
Over the last eight years you have seen Goat in the Road produce a wide variety of amazing theatrical stuff; a 90 minute sound-dripped ride through the origins of anesthesiology, an exploration of technology through the lens of Johannes Gutenberg, a thriving educational program called Play/Write, and an original New Orleans-inspired podcast called This Sweaty City. We strive to make performance work that gets you to stand up and say, “Whaaa…”; but in a good way. You know that we're using your contribution to create interesting, creative, original work for the stage. Theater productions always have unexpected challenges – from space concerns to technological concerns, to the ‘we have so much to do and so little time’ concerns. However, Goat in the Road has been making and producing work for the past nine years together – we have created over thirteen original works for the stage, many events, and just recently, our first Bingo night! You know us. You like our work. Help make it come to life.
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