See the Pulitzer-nominated play in Fort Worth Nov. 10-11, 2021
Fort Worth, Texas — Nov. 4, 2021 — The Atlantic Council, one of the nation’s most prominent international affairs think tanks, is launching a nationwide celebration of veterans this November by using theatre to shorten the distance of understanding between ordinary Americans and veterans. At six cities across the country, the Council has partnered with professional theatre companies, veterans service organizations, and corporate sponsors like Elbit Systems of America to bring staged readings of War Words, by Michelle Kholos Brooks, to their communities. Commending the play, the Council's board director General (Ret.) David Petraeus says, "Few movies or plays have ever captured for me as powerfully as War Words . . . the experiences of American veterans, especially those who have served in uniform since 9/11."
War Words depicts the funny, strange, heroic, and heartbreaking stories of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on the playwright’s interviews with these veterans and their families, this compelling entertainment serves the larger purpose of humanizing professional warriors by telling their true stories in their own words. The Council hopes it will enlarge its audience's affinity with veterans and, in turn, its attention to the uses of the military as an instrument of American foreign policy.