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FGCU's TheatreLab Joins Global Play Reading to Honor Veterans on Nov. 26

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University is participating in a worldwide play reading to honor veterans as part of its ongoing commitment to civic engagement and community partnership.

In association with the student organizations Eagle Theatre and Students Who Served, the university's TheatreLab will present a staged reading of "Spark" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26 in the Arts Complex of FGCU's main campus. A post-performance discussion will involve a panel of local veterans and veteran service providers, including Service to the Armed Forces representatives of the Red Cross, student veterans from Students Who Served, an FGCU staff member who is a veteran and faculty with veteran-related expertise.

Veterans and the entire community are encouraged to attend this free event to honor those who serve their country.

The staged reading, performed by theater students under the direction of Armando Rivera, is part of a monthlong collaboration featuring readings from New York to Australia. The event was developed to honor American war veterans, shed light on the plight of female veterans and increase awareness of veterans' stories by NoPassport, an unincorporated collective dedicated to the advocacy, production and publication of works expressive of cross-cultural and aesthetic diversity in the arts.

A new work by 2012 OBIE Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich, "Spark" is about a family of sisters in North Carolina, one of whom is a veteran returning from war. The two-act play reflects on poverty in America, what happens when soldiers come home and the strength of family. It is the third play in Svich's "American quartet" of works addressing national issues and global concerns. Her other plays include "12 Ophelias," "Iphigenia...a rave fable" and "The House of the Spirits," based on the novel by Isabel Allende.

For more information about "Spark," visit

For information about FGCU's TheatreLab, go to or e-mail Assistant Professor Michelle Hayford at

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