Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is will partner with The Atlantic Council for the virtual premiere screening of VETERANS DAY 2020, a short film based on the play War Words by Michelle Kholos Brooks, which will take place on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
This cinematic celebration of military service tells the funny, strange, heroic, and heartbreaking stories of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on the playwright’s interviews with veterans of those wars and their families.
Inspired by Arena Stage’s initiative to sustain its artists and audience through the pandemic using theatrically driven films addressing the year’s most pressing issues, the Council commissioned the theatre to adapt War Words into a short film.
“Being located in Washington, DC, Arena Stage is at the heart of American politics and power. We share community with our fellow Americans serving in the military—Arena’s Mead Center is neighbor to Fort McNair and we have hosted an annual Thanksgiving event to celebrate military families for many years,” said Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith. “The Atlantic Council’s excellent initiative to humanize the military experience through theater is an ideal partnership with Arena.”
To attend the virtual premiere of VETERANS DAY 2020, register here. After this premiere, the film will remain available to the public to stream for free for 26 weeks.