WAR HORSE

WAR HORSE
October 22-27, 2013
Schuster Center
$25-$96 (Plus service fees. Prices subject to change.)
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SHOWTIMES:
Tuesday through Friday – 8 p.m.
Saturday – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday – 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

BEFORE THE SHOW:
Join us for JPMorgan Chase Foundation Background on Broadway before select performances.

PRE-SHOW SPECIAL FLIGHT:
Join us Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. for a BOURBON flight! Wind your way through our bourbon trail to discover hints of sweet fruit, rustic oak and smooth caramel. Tickets to pre-show flights are sold separately and are $10 each. You must also have a ticket to that night’s performance.
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ABOUT THE SHOW:
WAR HORSE exerts its pull from the moment the title character, Joey, first trots on stage as a foal, petted by his owner and best friend, 15-year-old Albert. As you become aware that Joey is a puppet, not a real horse, you’ll be captivated by the way he shudders and whinnies at Albert’s loving touch. Joey’s lifelike eyes, shining and reflective, draw us into the soul of his journey. Set during the First World War, WAR HORSE combines a powerful story with thrilling stagecraft and music. In addition, it showcases what may be the most inventive use of puppetry ever seen on stage. Soon after meeting him as a young horse, you’ll watch in amazement as an adult Joey, 8 feet tall, materializes before your eyes.

Albert is heartbroken when his father sells Joey to the military at the beginning of World War I and sets out to rescue him. Humans have used horses in warfare for centuries. Prior to and during World War I, armies included cavalry divisions of highly trained horses and soldiers who fought on horseback with guns and swords. At the start of World War I, most people believed horses would again play a major role on the battlefield.

More than 6 million horses served in World War I in combat, supply, and reconnaissance jobs, including nearly 1 million horses supplied by the United States. But, the barbed wire, machine guns and tanks that were widely used in World War I marked the beginning of the end of cavalry units. The horses and riders simply could not compete with the modern, deadly weaponry and cavalry became obsolete.

Joey is forced into battle, serving in both the British and German armies, but his innocence makes him seem above the fighting: in WAR HORSE, animals behave with a dignity that humans do not always achieve. Still, Joey is unprepared for the true brutality of 20th century warfare.

In a brilliant scene that defines the excitement of Act 2, he faces a new kind of foe: a massive tank rolling his way, prepared to flatten everything in its path. The scenic design is so visceral that you are rushed into battle alongside Joey, enveloped in the sound and smell of combat. Joey rears on his hind legs as the tank pitches toward him and the stage goes black.

While WAR HORSE is an emotionally charged journey through history that does depict the violence of war, it also illustrates the bonds of friendship and loyalty.

It’s that kind of emotional power that has made WAR HORSE an international phenomenon, sweeping up audiences and awards on both sides of the Atlantic and even inspiring an Oscar®-nominated film directed by Steven Spielberg. WAR HORSE won five 2011 Tony Awards® (including Best Play) for its New York premiere plus a Special Tony Award® for Handspring Puppet Company for creating the 11 puppets at the heart of the show.

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“A blast of pure theatrical imagination. Awe-inspiring!” – Newsday

“A landmark theater event!” – TIME Magazine

AGE RECOMMENDATION:
Ages 10 and up. WAR HORSE has very broad appeal to theatergoers of any age. The production contains themes of military action and is therefore recommended for ages 10 and up.

For the consideration of all patrons, children on laps and/or babes in arms are not permitted at Victoria Theatre Association Broadway presentations.

LENGTH:
Act 1 68 minutes, Act 2 63 minutes (20 minute intermission)

AFTER THE SHOW:
Extend the experience! Join us for drinks and conversation after the show on Saturday, October 26 from 10 p.m -12 a.m. The Mathile Theatre will become a music hall with a cash bar and no cover charge! This event is free, but you must have a ticket to that night’s performance.

WANT TO BRING A GROUP?
Visit our group information page or call (937) 228 -7591, x3074.

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Premier Health
-Miami Valley Hospital
-Good Samaritan Hospital
-Atrium Medical Center
-Upper Valley Medical Center

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Dayton Daily News, a product of CMGO
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Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc

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Waste Management

OFFICIAL ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES PROVIDER:
Hillcrest Hearing & Balance Center

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