Letters From The Front: The Play



Often Called An Emotional Roller Coaster, This Play Weaves Actual War Letters Written From The Battle Front And Home Front Dating Back As Far As Valley Forge Into A Story Set During The Waning Days Of WWII The Personal Themes In The Letters Are Honestly Reflected, As Is The Commitment Of Everyday Americans To Preserve Freedom Popular Essayist Katharine Hartgrove, Whose Son Is Fighting In Northern Italy, Has Been Commissioned To Write A Play Based On These Letters She Enlists Boyfriend Johnny Chastain, America S Favorite Radio Wise Guy, To Assist Her He Provides An Unseen Twist To The Story, Along With Plenty Of Comic Relief When The Laughter And Tears Subside, Johnny Is The Most Unlikely Of Heroes And Katharine Is Healed From Emotional Scars That Have Haunted Her For YearsLetters From The Front: The Play

Author of Unthinkable Consequences, a suspense thriller, and the play Letters From the Front, Bob s background is primarily in film, video, and stage work as writer and director His play Letters From the Front entertained America s troops around the world for fifteen years.Kurt Younger, an ex mercenary, doesn t need anything from anybody Never has and hopes he never will Now he s facing a midlife crisis At the center of it is a sackful of stolen emeralds and a woman One is worth two million bucks The other is priceless, a woman who has captured his heart Having one won t do much good without the other Paula Taylor is too smart and beautiful for her own good and going stale in the closet of a dead marriage and a meaningless life Enthralled with Kurt Younger, she must decide Forsake all that she has known to run away with Kurt to his hideaway island in the Florida Keys or never see him again Kurt is determined to have both the emeralds and Paula Only he knows lives are at stake His, and if he isn t careful Paula s.Letters From The Front has been called A patriotic tribute to the men and women who so bravely serve, by CBS Evening News, A wonderful show, by NBC s Today, and A tear jerking, hand clapping, mind blowing stroll through history, by The Shreveport Times.Letters From The Front is set on the home front during the waning days of WWII Popular essayist Katharine Hartgrove has been commissioned to write a play based on actual war letters written during every major American conflict dating all the way back to Valley Forge Helping her is America s favorite radio wise guy Johnny Chastain But they soon clash over what the true meaning of America is By the end, Johnny is the most unlikely of heros and Katharine is healed from emotional scars that have haunted her for 20 years.

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  • Paperback
  • 108 pages
  • Letters From The Front: The Play
  • Bob Rector
  • 10 January 2019
  • 150079287X

10 thoughts on “Letters From The Front: The Play

  1. says:

    Coming from a prolific letter writing family the single spaced, two sided, Underwood typewriter kind I was interested in seeing just how Bob Rector s LETTERS FROM THE FRONT would play out Was it going to be simply a litany of touching soldiers letters recited by and staged for various actors As it turned out, the play provided muchIt was a multi layered theater piece that had me chuckling, gasping, Oh no andthan once, producing a tear or two Basically, it s about a well re Coming from a prolific letter writing family the single spaced, two sided, Underwood typewriter kind I was interested in seeing just how Bob Rector s LETTERS FROM THE FRONT would play out Was it going to be simply a litany of touching soldiers letters recited by and staged for various actors As it turned out, the play provided muchIt was a multi layered theater piece that had me chuckling, gasping, Oh no andthan once, producing a tear or two Basically, it s about a well respected journalist paired with a street smart promoter, who together, are trying to write produce a play that will tell the stories of American soldiers to audiences, by using excerpts from letters dating from the Revolutionary War up to present day The width and breadth of the letters were wonderful and showed such things as a longing forcommunication, courage under fire, a couple of sexual references, loyalty to their families and their country, and my favorite, from a nurse during the Vietnam war, who was holding her patient while writing his mother about her dying son.It was very interesting to see how Rector intertwined the various acts with action, dialogue, and the letters themselves In addition, the back and forth bantering of the two lead characters was great fun as they pursued their brainstorming process, and much like the showbiz of today, creative integrity was pitted against a sell sell sell attitude This unique look at veterans from the various periods of U.S history is well worth your time It is a reminder of sacrifice, loyalty, devotion, and something else To me, it was about the power of letter writing and how emailing and texting will never be its equivalent With good, clear stage directions it is and apparently already has been ideal for stage production Very recommended

  2. says:

    Stirring, heartrendingly poignant, and at times even funny, Bob Rector s play LETTERS FROM THE FRONT is a gripping read It s easy to imagine how effectively the stage production would take audiences to the edges of their seats, their emotions on their sleeves.Much of the action takes place in 1945, as a writer named Katharine, who has lost a husband to war and now has a son fighting in Italy, struggles to form a collection of letters into a stage production that will express patriotism and prid Stirring, heartrendingly poignant, and at times even funny, Bob Rector s play LETTERS FROM THE FRONT is a gripping read It s easy to imagine how effectively the stage production would take audiences to the edges of their seats, their emotions on their sleeves.Much of the action takes place in 1945, as a writer named Katharine, who has lost a husband to war and now has a son fighting in Italy, struggles to form a collection of letters into a stage production that will express patriotism and pride in our Armed Forces, but also show the heartbreaking cost paid by the men and women who so courageously defend our freedom.The letters span many years and many wars, from the Revolutionary War through the VietNam War A portion of the play takes place in 1965 They have a fierce hold on Katharine s emotions and on the reader s but less so on those of Katharine s cynical, make em laugh boyfriend, Johnny, a popular radio comedian Johnny believes it doesn t pay to be serious he got his big break by turning a Hamlet soliloquy into a comic routine but Katharine knows instinctively that his ideas for a loud, gaudy, fireworks and Statue of Liberty production are not right for her stage play Still, she doesn t know how to present the letters effectively to an audience.Luckily for us, Bob Rector does And if this very moving piece sends you in search of ways to support and thank our troops and veterans, so much the better

  3. says:

    Letters From The Front The Play by Bob Rector tells the stories of several American soldiers from various theatres of war by using excerpts from their real letters, showing the broad spectrum of experiences and viewpoints during war They range from funny and inspiring to sentimental, emotional and moving in their nature The letters are surrounded by the personal stories of essayist Katharine Hartgrove and Johnny Chastain, the two main characters on the real stage This was a most rewardi Letters From The Front The Play by Bob Rector tells the stories of several American soldiers from various theatres of war by using excerpts from their real letters, showing the broad spectrum of experiences and viewpoints during war They range from funny and inspiring to sentimental, emotional and moving in their nature The letters are surrounded by the personal stories of essayist Katharine Hartgrove and Johnny Chastain, the two main characters on the real stage This was a most rewarding reading experience for me on many levels, mainly for its huge dramatic and emotional impact the stories had but also because it s been a while since I read any script for a play Rector s stage directions and annotations reflect his background as professional in the business and reminded me how powerful stage plays can be.The production of a play as theme for a play is a great premise and offers a multitude of perspectives on entertainment ethics while bringing home some truths about human heroism, loss and sacrifice

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