Just in time for Veterans Day 2015: If All the Sky Were Paper, the war letters-based play by Chapman University’s Chancellor Fellow Andrew Carroll and directed by Department of Theatre professor and co-chair John Benitz, shows tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Santa Barbara’s iconic Lobero Theatre.
This compelling drama was created from Carroll’s New York Times bestselling books War Letters and Behind the Lines, and retells the stories of wartime experience, taken from actual letters penned by troops and their loved ones. It a humorous, poignant and moving evening of memories from American soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen and their loved ones at home, from the American Revolution and Civil Wars to the two World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Blake Berris (Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Days of Our Lives, Pretty Little Liars)
Lauren Bowles (ER, Scandal, True Blood)
Monique Edwards (Chicago Hope, Friends, X Files)
Kate Mansi (Days of Our Lives, How I Met Your Mother)
Garrett Schweighauser (Chapman University, BFA Theatre Performance ’12; Bullets, Fangs and Dinner at 8, The Blindest Date, Coyote)
Sam Weiner (Chapman University, BFA Screen Acting ’12; She’s Amanda, Conflicted, Tough Season)
Matt Gallenstein (Chapman University, BA English ’13; Called to Serve, Vitriolage, Drama: A Comedy Pilot)
Donathan Walters (Chapman University, BFA Screen Acting ’15; Pieces of a Dream, Safe Zone: The Making of Safe Zone, Just at Puppy Love)
James Read (A Lot Like Love, Beaches, Legally Blond, Days of Our Lives)
Maria Cina (Battle Creek, Criminal Minds, Vegas Vacation, The Young and the Restless)
Kevin Bailey (Broadway: Lion King, Annie Get Your Gun, Tour: Fantasticks, JC Superstar, The Foreigner)
Peter Strauss (State of the Union, Nick of Time, The Jericho Mile, Rich Man Poor Man)
A portion of the show’s proceeds benefit the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which provides a variety of services to veterans. For tickets call 805-963-0761 or visit LoberoTheatre.org.
The Lobero is California’s oldest, continuously operating theatre. Originally founded in 1873 and rebuilt in 1924, it is recognized as one of Santa Barbara’s architectural jewels and a State and City landmark.