Another American: Asking and TellingMarc Wolf

DADT One-man Show a Hit in NYC
by Chris Narloch

Here's hoping that Marc Wolf brings his potent one-man show about DADT and the U.S. military's gay ban back to the West Coast, and soon. In the meantime, any Outword readers who find themselves in NYC before Oct. 4th will want to see this powerful show there, where it was extended by popular demand.

Another American: Asking and Telling, which has had successful runs around the country, including at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, is a living, breathing theatrical document of various views on DADT, most of them from people inside the military, or who used to be in the military, both gay and straight. Wolf, the writer and performer of Another American, created its text from verbatim segments of interviews he conducted between 1997 and 1999, some of them with family of gays in the military. Wolf brings all of these 'characters' to life on stage using only a handful of props and his considerable facility for accents and gestures.Marc Wolf

What makes the show more than just a tour-de-force acting exercise are the heart-breaking testimonials Wolf has to share, of real men and women impacted by DADT. Perhaps the most riveting is a horrifying confession by the mother of a gay soldier murdered by his shipmates who can only identify her son by the tattoos on his arms because his face is beaten beyond recognition.

In moments like those, you forget that you're watching an actor on a stage delivering dialogue. Wolf honors his subjects by bringing their lives and their stories out of the dark, and he honors theatergoers with a gift of the truth.

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