David Rabe Tackles Soldier's Homecoming in Absurdist Vietnam Play Sticks and Bones

November 7, 2014 5:07 AM

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"It was during basic training that our field first sergeant was up on his platform — that tower they'd get on in the morning and yell at you about what you were going to do that day. And one day, we were all standing there in this large formation, and he started shouting about how some of us were going to die in Vietnam! People around me were saying, 'Where?' We hadn't really heard of it. Of course, that changed very quickly!"

That's how David Rabe learned about the war that would be a key influence for him artistically. Vietnam would supply the budding playwright with material for Sticks and Bones, the first of his four plays to earn a Tony nomination and the only one to win. Now, Sticks and Bones is receiving its first ...

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