Syracuse is one of just six cities in the country to host a moving tribute to veterans with special staged-reading. The Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “War Words” highlights real-life stories from veterans on the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan and it has a very prominent veteran as perhaps its number one fan.
Retired General David Petraeus has recorded a video introduction to the play, after seeing a workshop production during the piece’s formative stages. General Petraeus is the former CIA director, and also served as commander of US Forces in Afghanistan. He says that the play not only depicts an accurate perspective but speaks to what it feels like to be serving also. “Few movies of plays have ever captured for me as powerfully as ‘War Words’ the experiences of American veterans, especially those who have served in uniform since 9/11,” he adds.
General Petraeus spoke with Steve and Sistina about why he thinks “War Words” is so powerful, and how he thinks the Arts can impact the community.
Syracuse Stage presents the one-night-only staged reading of “War Words,’ Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 pm in the Tan Auditorium at the National Veterans Resource Center on the Syracuse University campus. Admission is free, but you must obtain a ticket in advance from SyracuseStage.org or the Syracuse Stage box office by calling 315 443 3275. Audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent Covid test, and masks are mandatory.