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Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, left, and Brandon Jones play a wife and her soldier-husband in "ReEntry", in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Wednesday. The dialogue of the play, in which the actors play many parts, was taken from interviews with combat veterans and their families. The troupe from the American Records theater company, is touring army bases in Germany and Italy.
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, left, and Brandon Jones play a wife and her soldier-husband in "ReEntry", in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Wednesday. The dialogue of the play, in which the actors play many parts, was taken from interviews with combat veterans and their families. The troupe from the American Records theater company, is touring army bases in Germany and Italy. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, left, and Brandon Jones play a wife and her soldier-husband in "ReEntry", in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Wednesday. The dialogue of the play, in which the actors play many parts, was taken from interviews with combat veterans and their families. The troupe from the American Records theater company, is touring army bases in Germany and Italy.
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, left, and Brandon Jones play a wife and her soldier-husband in "ReEntry", in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Wednesday. The dialogue of the play, in which the actors play many parts, was taken from interviews with combat veterans and their families. The troupe from the American Records theater company, is touring army bases in Germany and Italy. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Brandon Jones, BenRosenblatt and Jessi Blue Gormezano, from left, perform in "ReEntry," a play about servicemembers coming home from war. The actors from the American Records theater company played multiple characters in the piece that uses actual interviews with combat veterans and their families as dialogue.
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Brandon Jones, BenRosenblatt and Jessi Blue Gormezano, from left, perform in "ReEntry," a play about servicemembers coming home from war. The actors from the American Records theater company played multiple characters in the piece that uses actual interviews with combat veterans and their families as dialogue. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Larry Mitchell plays a senior commanding officer in "ReEntry", a play about servicemembers coming home from war. Actors from American Records theater company, touring bases in Germany and Italy, performed the play that uses dialogue from interviews with combat veterans and their families.
Larry Mitchell plays a senior commanding officer in "ReEntry", a play about servicemembers coming home from war. Actors from American Records theater company, touring bases in Germany and Italy, performed the play that uses dialogue from interviews with combat veterans and their families. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Larry Mitchell, Brandon Jones, BenRosenblatt and Jessi Blue Gormezano, from left, play soldiers in a bar talking about how people who have never been to war do not understand them in "ReEntry."  The actors from the American Records theater company took on multiple character roles in the piece that uses actual interviews with combat veterans and their families as the dialogue.
Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Larry Mitchell, Brandon Jones, BenRosenblatt and Jessi Blue Gormezano, from left, play soldiers in a bar talking about how people who have never been to war do not understand them in "ReEntry." The actors from the American Records theater company took on multiple character roles in the piece that uses actual interviews with combat veterans and their families as the dialogue. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Jessi Blue Gormezano, left, and Brandon Jones play soldiers in a bar in "ReEntry", a play about servicemembers coming home from war. The actors from the American Records theater company played various roles in  the play, whicih uses interviews with combat veterans and their families as the dialogue.
Jessi Blue Gormezano, left, and Brandon Jones play soldiers in a bar in "ReEntry", a play about servicemembers coming home from war. The actors from the American Records theater company played various roles in the play, whicih uses interviews with combat veterans and their families as the dialogue. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Ben Rosenblatt plays a soldier in "ReEntry," a play about servicemembers coming home from war. Actors from American Records theater company, touring bases in Germany and Italy, before staging performances in the States, performed the play that uses dialogue from interviews with combat veterans and their families. Each of the five actors plays multiple characters in the play.
Ben Rosenblatt plays a soldier in "ReEntry," a play about servicemembers coming home from war. Actors from American Records theater company, touring bases in Germany and Italy, before staging performances in the States, performed the play that uses dialogue from interviews with combat veterans and their families. Each of the five actors plays multiple characters in the play. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
Kaiserslautern soldiers watch "ReEntry," a play about servicemembers returning from war, on Wednesday. The American Records theater company troupe is touring bases in Germany and Italy, performing the play that uses actual dialogue from interviews with combat veterans and their families.
Kaiserslautern soldiers watch "ReEntry," a play about servicemembers returning from war, on Wednesday. The American Records theater company troupe is touring bases in Germany and Italy, performing the play that uses actual dialogue from interviews with combat veterans and their families. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)
KJ Sanchez, the co-writer of "ReEntry", and CEO of the American Records theater company talks to the audience at the Daenner chapel in Kaiserslautern before the performance that uses actual interviews with combat veterans and their families as the dialogue. Afterwards she led a panel discussion about the characters and what servicemembers and their families face following a combat deployment.
KJ Sanchez, the co-writer of "ReEntry", and CEO of the American Records theater company talks to the audience at the Daenner chapel in Kaiserslautern before the performance that uses actual interviews with combat veterans and their families as the dialogue. Afterwards she led a panel discussion about the characters and what servicemembers and their families face following a combat deployment. (Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A play about the personal struggles servicemembers wrestle with when coming home from war and the challenges their family members face helping loved ones cope after a deployment is touring U.S. Army bases in Europe this week and next.

Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with combat veterans and their families, “ReEntry” is the work of Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez, both sisters of combat veterans. Three years ago, they began interviewing Marines returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the website of American Records, the theater company presenting the women’s play.

The aim, according to the website, is to show what returning home is like for military members “and to ask how we – as families, as a culture, a society, and as a country – can help.”

One reviewer, in comments posted on the theater company’s website, said, “ReEntry is like war itself: complex, layered, and visceral,” and a “tour-de-force of loneliness, fear, and anger overlaid with moments of warmth, growth and inspiration.”

The live-stage performances are being held as part of suicide prevention activities this month at U.S. Army Europe bases, with the goal of getting people to talk about the potential psychological impact of prolonged or repeated deployments and to increase awareness of resources for those who need help, according to a USAREUR press release. There is a discussion involving audience members, the cast, a chaplain and medical personnel after each performance, USAREUR said.

Two performances were held Wednesday at the chapel on Daenner Kaserne. Five actors played multiple parts in scenarios centered on what it’s like to return from war, from servicemembers in a bar, who feel misunderstood by well-meaning civilians, to a mother dealing with the combat injury of her active-duty son and his readjustment to life at home.

The play is open to soldiers, spouses and civilians. Admission is free.

Performance dates for the rest of the month are:

• Thursday in Schweinfurt, Germany, at 9:30 a.m. (Ledward Theater);

• Thursday in Bamberg, Germany, at 2 p.m. (Post Theater);

• Friday in Ansbach, Germany, at 9:30 a.m. (Katterbach Theater on Bismarck Kaserne) and 2 p.m. (Illesheim Theater on Storck Barracks);

• Sept. 26 in Grafenwöhr, Germany, at 9:30 a.m. (Tower Theater);

• Sept. 26 in Vilseck, Germany, at 2 p.m. (Jurkewicz Theater);

• Sept. 28 in Vicenza, Italy, at 9:30 a.m. (Post Theater).

For more information, contact the USAREUR soldier and family readiness branch at: DSN 314-370-8060 or civilian 06221-57-8060.

Read about the play at: http://www.americanrecordstheater.org/reentry/

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