Learning to Stay

by James DeVita
Adapted from the novel by Erin Celello
MARCH 23rd - APRIL 9th, 2017

The World Premiere of a Play Commissioned by Forward Theater

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

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.

Outreach Events

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

Now free at area libraries! Check out the novel to read in advance and then gather at the library on the specified day. Enjoy scenes performed by FTC actors and a lively discussion facilitated by an FTC teaching artist. Visit the Forward Theater Play Club page for dates and locations.

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.

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.
Details and registration for these events at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum website - click HERE