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Theater presents 3 generations of California war veteran stories

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The war experiences of three generations of California veterans come to life today in a theater production organized by Loyola Marymount University. KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has the story.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: Writers interviewed California soldiers who fought in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the current Iraq War and created dramatized narratives. The aim was to capture Californians’ experiences in war, says Loyola Marymount University theater professor and actor Jim Holms.

Jim Holms: Because of the current state of losses of life and casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan we felt that this was a very important time to sort of let these stories be told in a longer timeline of history, if you will, in the state’s engagement in conflict.

Guzman-Lopez: Holms’ performance is particularly challenging, he says. He plays the role of Jesus Christ retelling the experiences of a Loyola Marymount graduate who’s engaged in gruesome combat in Iraq.