Learning to Stay

by James DeVita
Adapted from the novel by Erin Celello

March 23rd - April 9th, 2017

World Premiere and First Commissioned Play by Forward Theater

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

THE STORY

Elise Sabato is thrilled when her husband Brad returns from his deployment in Iraq, and their plans for a life and family together can finally be realized. But it soon becomes clear that for Brad, coming home is only the beginning of a long journey. It is up to Elise to find help for a man she no longer recognizes, who suffers from injuries that neither of them can see or understand. With a story set in Madison, and written and adapted by Wisconsin authors, Learning to Stay asks what you would do when the person you’re married to is no longer the person you married..

THE CAST

Kat Wodtke, Jeb Burris, Malkia Stampley, Karen Moeller*, Di'Monte Henning, Michael Herold*

*Forward Theater Advisory Company member

Check out the Outside Mullingar playbill and view artist bios and notes from the artistic staff.

REVIEWS

Heartfelt and brutal - Forward Theater Company’s Learning to Stay tackles the aftermath of war
- Amelia Cook Fontella, Isthmus

Traumatized veteran's spouse debates her future in DeVita play
- Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A soldier's wife fights at home in Learning to Stay
- Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times

OUTREACH EVENTS

WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT
Thursday, February 16th, 7 pm
Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI

A discussion with novelist Erin Celello, playwright Jim DeVita, and director Jennifer Uphoff Gray about adapting the novel Learning to Stay for the stage. More information at www.wisconsinbookfestival.org.

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield
Tuesday, March 7th, 6:30 pm
Madison Central Library
201 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who was critically injured in 2006 while covering the war in Iraq, reports on military medical advances and technology from the battlefield to the return home. Following the film, Dr. Michael Messina, Director of Psychology Training at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, will lead a discussion about the challenges and issues veterans face.

PRIVATE PERFORMANCE OF LEARNING TO STAY
Tuesday, April 4th
The Playhouse at Overture Center

Exclusively for veterans, their families, and service providers. The performance will be followed by an in-depth discussion with the director, actors, and VA personnel.