VA War Memo­rial hosts read­ing of WWII let­ters

One-night-only event set for Oct. 17

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RICH­MOND — Quill The­atre, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Vir­ginia War Memo­rial, brings a gen­er­a­tion of love let­ters to life in "For the Du­ra­tion: Let­ters From Home" at the Vir­ginia War Memo­rial, 621 S. Belvidere Street, Rich­mond.

WWII, one of the most in­fa­mous conflicts in the his­tory of our world started for Amer­ica after the at­tack on De­cem­ber 7th, 1941 at Pearl Har­bor. Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt asked Congress to de­clare war on Ja­pan and within an hour of his speech, the United States had of­fi­cially en­tered World War II. Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans im­me­di­ately de­cided to en­list in ser­vice of their coun­try. They didn’t know how long they’d be away. They were sim­ply en­listed “for the du­ra­tion.”

On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., this one-night-only unique read­ing will fea­ture read­ings from real let­ters from the James Triesler Col­lec­tion, and will give a glimpse into the real world chal­lenges, tri­umphs, and losses of sol­diers abroad and their loved ones at home. Writ­ten and di­rected by Pam Webb, "For the Du­ra­tion: Let­ters From Home" ex­plores th­ese let­ters be­tween lovers, fam­i­lies, and friends, and tells them as sto­ries of Amer­i­can love, fear, and hope. A dis­cus­sion be­tween the au­di­ence and per­form­ers will fol­low im­me­di­ately after the show.

Tick­ets are $15 for gen­eral ad­mis­sion and $12 for Quill The­atre sub­scribers. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at Quil­ or over the phone at 804-340-0115.

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