Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Downrange: Voices from the Homefront Brings National Talent to Fayetteville, NC

New Original Play Brings the Experience of Military Spouses to Life

March 2016

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Downrange: Voices from the Homefront Brings National Talent to Fayetteville, NC

New Original Play Brings the Experience of Military Spouses to Life

Fayetteville, NCCape Fear Regional Theatre (CRFT) brings an emotional play to life with its upcoming Downrange: Voices from the Homefront March 3-20, 2016.  Downrange is a new play about how 9/11 has reshaped what it means to be a military family based on interviews with military spouses from Fort Bragg and the surrounding communities. Downrange is written by North Carolina playwright Mike Wiley, who also wrote The Parchman Hour.

Over two years in the making, Downrange allows the often silent voices of military spouses to be heard in a play that is simultaneously funny, heartwarming, honest, and ultimately inspiring.  “We wanted to transform the way we were doing outreach to the military community by putting that community at the center of the art making experience,” explains CFRT Artistic Director Tom Quaintance.

The cast of Downrange features an eclectic mix of national, regional and local talent, who have joined together to bring the words of these military spouses to life.  Most notably, Nicki Hart, a twenty year retired Army Special Forces spouse.  As both a spouse and actress, she has been an integral part of the process from its inception and her personal story is woven into the fabric of the play.  “The life of a military spouse is and always will be a life that is cloaked in a mixture of die-hard loyalty, serious mental grit, and a determination to live, laugh, and love in an array of uncertainties.  Whether our soldiers are at home or downrange, we are given the task of holding down the home-front and lifting up the soldier.  We serve with them and are a hidden part of their battles and triumphs." Said Hart.

Downrange was made possible by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Theaters.  Additionally, CFRT has partnered with Hidden VoicesTCG (Theatre Communications Group) and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to bring this performance to life.

Tickets for Downrange: Voices from the Homefront can be purchased at http://www.cfrt.org/buy-tickets/ or by calling 910-323-4233.

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About the theatre: Cape Fear Regional Theatre is currently in its 54th season. Located in historic Fayetteville since 1962. CFRT believes in the power of storytelling and the visceral impact of live theatre. We strive for the highest standards of excellence in work, educational offerings, and outreach efforts. We provide the region a place to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share our experiences and grow as a community.

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