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Monday, November 5, 2018

Solo play “The American Soldier” to Algonquin Arts Theatre this Saturday

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Experienced actor Douglas Taurel brings his solo play “The American Soldier” to Algonquin Arts Theatre on Saturday, November 10, at 2 p.m.

The 75 minute show is based on real stories and factual accounts from soldiers and family member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current day Afghanistan.

Enhanced by an interplay of sound and lights, Taurel enters into the personas of 14 veterans and their family members, telling their story of courage and sacrifice. He examines the internal struggles and problems that soldiers and their families face when returning home from combat.

"This is a true work of passion and I deeply hope that audiences will go away with a deeper appreciation of the tremendous sacrifice our servicemen and servicewomen, and their families, have made for our country,” Mr. Taurel said.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $15 for veterans, military and students. Group discounts are available. To order, visit algonquinarts.org or call the Algonquin Box Office at 732-528-9211.

The American Soldier has been nominated for the Amnesty International Award for theatre excellence, received 4 stars internationally, performed at the Kennedy Center, invited to perform at the Library of Congress, American Legion National Headquarters, New York Federal Reserve Bank, and been featured in The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Military Times and Time Out to name a few and received overwhelming responses from veterans and audiences touring through the country.

Taurel has been nominated for Innovative Theater Award and Amnesty International Award. He’s appeared in numerous television shows including Mr. Robot, The Americans, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Following, Damages, NYC 22, Believe, and Nurse Jackie.

In the indie world he has appeared in numerous films, including The Cobbler (starring Adam Sandler and

Dustin Hoffman directed by Tom McCarthy), Delivery at the HBO Latin Films Festival and the upcoming The Kindergarten Teacher (starring Maggie Gyllenhall and directed by Sara Conlangelo).

Taurel was commissioned by the Library of Congress to write and and perform his second solo show, An American Soldier’s Journey Home which commemorates the ending of the First World War and tells the story of Irving Greenwald, a soldier in the 308 Regiment and part of the Lost Battalion. He performed the play twice at the Library of Congress on Veterans Day and Memorial Day of 2017.

He’s recently finished filming the Web TV Series Landing Home, which he wrote and directed, it tells the story of a Veteran having a hard time to adjusting out of the Military.

About Algonquin Arts Theatre
algonquin-arts-theatreAlgonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.

Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering gr eater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of our patrons.

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