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Beyond Glory provides sensitive portraits of men at war
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Screen star Stephen Lang will tell the emotional stories of eight war veterans when he presents his one-man show called Beyond Glory at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Carlsen Center's Yardley Hall.
Tickets, which are $80, $42 and $32, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 and online at jccc.edu/TheSeries.
Each of the veterans received the U.S. military's highest recognition, the Medal of Honor. Lang takes on their personas as he delivers their "first-hand" accounts of combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
The 80-minute tribute includes a backdrop of video screens that occasionally portray the turmoil of combat with a subtle musical score. The event is supported by the JCCC Veterans Advisory Team.
"Mr. Lang's one-man play is no simple-minded piece of flag-waving," wrote a reviewer for the Wall Street Journal. "It is an unsparingly direct portrait of men at war, pushed into narrow corners and faced with hard choices. It is also one of the richest, most complex pieces of acting I've seen in my theatergoing life."
The stories of the men are adapted from a book by the same name written by journalist Larry Smith. Lang began working on Beyond Glory in 2003 and has performed it more than 300 times. At heart the play is a meditation on themes of courage, honor, fortitude and humility.
Lang is an actor and playwright who is perhaps best known for his role as Col. Quaritch in Avatar. Other memorable roles in film include Last Exit to Brooklyn and Tombstone. On Broadway he has appeared in Death of a Salesman and A Few Good Men.