Play brings soldiers’ letters to life, Keene State College

Griffin Theatre Company will present “Letters Home” at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The performance is a play that brings to life authentic letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The play brings the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan front and center without politicizing and gives the audience a powerful portrait of the soldiers’ experiences and what it means to serve our country today.

A question and answer session will follow each performance with the company actors. Leonard and Mary Ann Cowherd of Culpeper, Va., parents of Army 2nd Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd (killed in Iraq in May 2004), whose letters are read in Letters Home, will participate in the question-and-answer session following the evening performance.

An exhibit of letters from Keene State students serving in World War II from the Drenan Collection will be displayed in the lobby. This exhibit is curated by the KSC Alumni Office from letters sent by soldiers to the late KSC English Professor Sprague Drenan.

Tickets are $25 for the general public; $15 for senior citizens, children, KSC alumni, faculty and staff; and $5 for KSC students.

To reserve tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 358-2168 or order online at

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