The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of

The Things They Carried By Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried

Wednesday, November 2, 7:30pm Bowker Auditorium

The Things They Carried


General Admission: $15; FC, GCC, STCC and 17 & under $10


In this masterwork of contemporary literature the author Tim O'Brien shares his experiences surrounding the Vietnam War. He presents a blurred line between truth and reality, fact and fiction that makes his journey unforgettable.

This Literature to Life original features sixty minutes of verbatim performance from a unique and important piece of American Literature. Having been developed and premiered at Playhouse Square in Cleveland in collaboration with Mr. O’Brien, the actor leads us through five of the short stories from the book including The Rainy River and The Man I Killed.

In the book, The Things They Carried, the protagonist, Tim O’Brien, catalogs the variety of things his fellow soldiers in the Alpha Company brought on their missions. Several of these things are intangible, including guilt and fear, while others are specific physical objects, including matches, morphine, M-16 rifles, and M&M’s candy.


The Things They Carried is the 2011
On the Same Page Northampton book selection, a series of public events based on the themes of O'Brien's work.
 The Things They Carried stage presentation is supported in part by the Veterans Education Project .

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A post show interactive discussion will explore themes including ethics, making choices, and violence. The Things They Carried is the 2011 book selection for On the Same Page Northampton, a community wide reading event. Additional programs (including book groups and films) exploring the themes surrounding  The Things They Carried will be presented by the Forbes Library.

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