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Avenue 10 examines war's lasting effect

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Michael Norris / Amarillo Globe-News

Russell Reed and Lori Palkow during rehearsals of a scene for Avenue 10's presentation of "Wall".

Michael Norris / Amarillo Globe-News

Russell Reed, playing Henderman, is surrounded by nurses Kayla Farris, from left, Kate Felkins, and Jacki Grant, while Ashley Bragg, playing the wall, kneels in front during "Wall" at Avenue 10 .

Michael Norris / Amarillo Globe-News

Kayla Fuller and Lars Mourseth rehearse a scene for Avenue 10's upcoming presentation of "Wall".

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Avenue 10 will stage a drama starting tonight that concerns the powerful repercussions of war.

What: "Wall"

When: 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 3, 4, 10, 11

Where: 616 S. Harrison St.

How much: $10

Information: 806-444-2637

"Wall," by Joseph Mischler, provides portraits of military members who fought and died in war and the individuals affected by those sacrifices.

"This play is dedicated to everyone who has served in war," said director Ronnie Lloyd Nanos.

The production is scheduled for 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Sept. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 616 S. Harrison St.

The play is set at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The show's memorial wall has been constructed with transparent materials, allowing audiences to see both visitors and the ghosts of the American soldiers whose names are inscribed in tribute.

The plot follows a deceased Vietnam War soldier named Tyler and the characters who visit the memorial, including his best friend and former girlfriend, who now are married.

"They are visiting the memorial and sharing things, secrets, they never told him," Nanos said.

"It's a play about healing. The people who visit the wall need healing, but also the soldiers need healing," he said.

The play includes themes of love and duty, guilt and blame, and honor for military members past and present.

"I hope audiences gain a respect and appreciation for all soldiers," said Monica Moore, who plays a soldier's mother in the play.

Moore, whose father served in the Vietnam War, said "Wall" is an emotional look at the stories of people who have experienced the tolls of war firsthand.

"So many are still being affected by war, even years later," she said.

"This play is a tribute."

"Wall" runs 1 hour and 50 minutes with one intermission. It has an R rating for language.

A pre-show barbecue meal is planned for 6:30 p.m. today.

Donations will be accepted at the performances.

Proceeds will benefit America Supports You Texas.

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