Performances will offer intimate glimpses into life and death in the military
TOWSON, Md. (April 26, 2011)—Towson University will host Telling: Baltimore, MD, a culmination of six months of interviews, scripting, performance training and rehearsals that puts veterans at center stage. The event highlights the impact of war on individuals and communities, and the struggles veterans have transitioning back to civilian life. Performances are scheduled for Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. in Stephens Hall Theatre.
Telling: Baltimore, MD will feature Tracy Miller, TU academic adviser and coordinator of the National Student Exchange. Miller’s son, Cpl. Nicholas L. Ziolkowski, was killed in Iraq on November 14, 2004, while fighting in the city of Fallujah. He was 22 years old. Miller will chart her emotional journey from her son’s enlistment to his death four years later.
Patrick Young, TU's coordinator of Veteran Services, and his wife, Meghan, will also share the stage. Young will chronicle his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps, from boot camp through his active-duty service and back home again. He will include his relationship with Miller’s son and how Nick's death affected his life.
“My wife will be talking about her connection to the military through me and how she, too, was affected by Nick’s death without ever meeting him," Young says. "My struggle became hers in ways I wasn’t aware of until this process began.”
Telling: Baltimore, MD is a collaboration of the Towson University Veterans Center, the Texas-based Telling Project and the Veteran Artist Program. Originally conceived by Jonathan Wei in 2007, the Telling Project is held in cities across the United States, providing a unique opportunity for military veterans and their family members to speak, and for their communities to listen.
Admission is $5 for students and $10 for the public. Ticket may be purchased online or in person at the TU Box Office or at the door on performance nights.