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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Eli Capilouto says University of Kentucky’s ‘Civilian’ play is ‘putting a face on humanity’

University of Kentucky’s “Civilian” play held its “final dress rehearsal” Monday before heading off to the 15th Annual International Fringe Festival in New York City.


UK’s President Eli Capilouto — who attended Monday’s show at the Guignol Theater with his wife Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto — called the production something that “reaches the soul of all of us.”


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The play, by UK assistant theater professor Herman D. Farrell III, was put together using verbatim oral histories from UK student veterans. “Civilian” — originally titled “Bringing it Home” — started off as a class project in Farrell’s “staging history” class.


Farrell worked with Anthony G. Dotson, coordinator of the UK Veterans Resource Center and Dr. Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, to gather interviews with veterans — which were being produced by the Nunn Center for the “From Combat to Kentucky” oral history project.


Out of the thousands of plays submitted to the Fringe Festival, “Civilian” was one of the few chosen to be a part of the event. The cast and crew will put the play on five times from Aug. 12-28.


Monday’s show was a fundraiser for the production’s trip to New York City and the Fringe Festival.


“This is putting a face on humanity,” Capilouto said of the production.


“It was a very, very powerful play,” he said. “I think everybody associated with this university, and everybody in this state, should be deeply proud of how we’re going to be represented in New York, and deeply appreciative.”


For more information on “Civilian” or to donate funds to help defray the cost of the trip to New York City, visit www.civilianplay.com.


For more information on the Nunn Center “From Combat to Kentucky” oral history project and to watch the original interviews with UK student veterans, visit www.nunncenter.org/c2ky.


Photos and video by Mark Boxley.


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You can read more about the “Civilian” in the KyForward feature “University of Kentucky student veterans’ stories told in acclaimed ‘Civilian’ production.”



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