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Oak Street Veterans' Theater Presents the Mirror Stage: 'Anyone in America is Three Paychecks from Homeless!'
Essay by David M. Boje, Ph.D. March 7, 2014; revised Feb 27, 2015
The PeaceAware.com Veteran's Theatre Group (John Hawk, David Boje, Ernst Ramey, Brad Stiles, and D. Syke; not shown Carlos Ramsdell Macías) Tweet
LOCATION: Veteran's Transitional Living, 3350 Oak Street, Las Cruces, NM 88005-3784
'SUPPORT THE TROOPS! with $5. Their smiles are thanks enough! Or for $20 get a front row seat at the first show. The show must go on!
Vietnam Veteran and storytelling Professor David M. Boje is directing formerly homeless Oak Street veterans in a Forum Theater production of 'Anyone in America is Three Paychecks from Homeless!'
FACTS: In USA, 22 veterans a day become a suicide statistic. Half the homeless veterans today are Vietnam era. More facts...
Figure 1: PeaceAware.com Veterans' Theater Cat Stop this Dowward Cycle--> Learn the Facts, Become Aware of the Peace Effects after the Veterans Return from Deployment; Support Veterans' Theatre --> Veterans creating thier own entrepreneurial adventure.
Dreams help! When a formerly homeless veteran has a dream then they don't become a statistic. Our dream is to get paying customers to see our plays.
UPDATE: Currently $132 has been collected for sets and costumes we can use to put on several theatre productions at university, schools, and local community theaters.
GOAL: Our goal is to raise $3,000. Our university students, faculty, and you have stepped up to help sell tickets and fund the theater performances. We are now in rehearsal. Help if you can. Every little bit helps.
See YouTube about these amazing veterans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcsPh-5QbdE
Veteran's Theatre is a way for veterans to project Four Selves on the Mirror Stage: Frozen-Self, Social-Self, Heart-Self, and the Mirror-Self.
We are raising $3,000 to put on three theatre productions where formerly homeless veterans present "Life of Veterans in America." Give $5 to $20 if you can. All money goes toward producing the plays. All proceeds go to Veteran's Theatre costs.
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It started with sandtray work with homeless veterans, move along to EAGLE (equine-assisted-growth-and-learning-events) with our student veterans and families, now we are taking our own Forum Theatre on-the-road. Forum Theatre is Augusto Boal's way of getting the actors on the stage to interact with the audience spectators, until the spectators become actors, or as he calls them 'spect-actors'. Our innovation is to make this part of Lacan's Mirror Stage. Veterans recognize themselves in the strange reflected images of the Mirror Stage.
David Boje, directs 'Forum Theatre' where formerly Homeless Veterans Share Their Story And Move Forward on the Mirror Stage by Improving their Four Selves
Carlos Ramsdell Macías of
The Sun & The Moon
February 17, 2015
Carlos' Materials List to construct a Marionette Theatre Set and (10) Hand-Held Puppets.
- (4) 1.5” X 1/8” X 20’ angle irons.
- (16 - 20) 4” metal casters with soft rubber wheels.
- (3) Closet door railings and wheel carriages.
- (2) ¼” X 4’ X 8’ MDF.
- (2) 3/8” X 4’ X 8’ MDF.
- (5) 2” X 4” X 8’ studs.
- (4) Gallons, acrylic house paint + (3) liters same.
- (1) 10-15’ extension cord.
- (2) Curtain rods.
- (10) Meters cotton cloth.
- Seamstress fund: ‘Sirrogues’ and 12 marionettes for ‘When Johnny…’
- Cloth and sewing materials for all puppets.
- (4) Sacks of Yeso Maximo, (plaster of Paris.)
- Used newspaper, flour and anti-fungal solution for papier maché.
- Alamo wood for hands and feet of ‘sirrogues’ and anatomies of marionettes.
- Stuffing for ‘sirrogues’.
- (3) Gallons of Bondo.
- (2) 4’ X 8’ X 1” extruded polystyrene, Foamular. + Liquid Nails adhesive for heavy-duty construction: (4) cartridges.
- Labor fund for assistant who will finish theatre structure while I finish marionettes specific to the ‘When Johnny…’ play and the ‘sirrogues’.
- Optional: Audio equipment: 4-speaker Sony with USB reader + small stereo.
- 4.5” grinder, Dewalt.
Note: See production schedule I sent. All of this work should be done here under my supervision. I would like to suggest that I receive a fund of $500 dlls. to acquire all the above listed materials and I will give you the receipts from the suppliers. The entirety of this fund shall go to having everything performance-ready by the production schedule promised.
Carlos Ramsdell Macías.
We plan to do several fund raisers:
Las Cruces 901 East University Ave, Suite B Las Cruces, NM 88001
We are contacting CeCe's to schedule an event. Tentative date is 18 March 2015
|Need to set the date|
|26th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March on 22 March 2015!||Registration is $110 per person; $500 for a team. SEEKING SPONSOR for 4 Vets to go||Seeking Waiver for fee so that 5 veterans from Community of Hope may enter the event|
|Bruce Springstein Concert at Las Cruces New Mexico||We are $200,000 short of what Bruce's handlers want to come to Las Cruces||The NMSU activities people have been talking to Springstein, and they are getting closer to agreeing on terms|
How big should we make the Marionettes? HOW BIG IS YOUR DREAM?
Answer 1: Giant Size:How about a Veteran Marionette that is 50 Feet High, wearing a Screaming Eagle patch
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This is a 3 minute video about work we are doing with our veterans. Every person in America is 3 paychecks away from becoming homeless! We veterans grow up with every kind of institution from School, Family, University, the Military, and the Medical establishment storying and restorying us. The institutions story our Selves on the MirrorSstage in ways that is preventing care that would make fewer veterans a statistic.
Veteran's Theatre Tickets:
$15 general admission, $5 students, and no charge’ to all homeless veterans; Art galleries would have veteran’s art, and Mariionettes crafted by Army veteran artist Carlos Ramsdell. Tickets would be sold by to raise money for veterans
THE ACTS OF VETERAN'S THEATRE
Act 1 – Sykes goes El Paso VA Hospital for emergency, is given appointment in six months, and Community of Hope gets him to a 'real' hospital right away.
Act 2 – Carlos Ramsdell - Mexican–American War Veterans in a Marionette Theatre Performance
Act 3 – Coming Home on the plane from Iraq and being told to lie on the PTSD tests – Performance by John,Ham, and other Community of Hope Veterans
Act 4 - Carlos Ramsdell - Marionette Theatre Performance – this time with marionettes made to resemble key characters of Oak Street Center – Community of Hope
Act 5 – Community of Hope Veterans, in live action Forum Theatre – facilitated by David Boje (Vietnam Veteran) and actors doing improv with audience, from Community of Hope
What is the Mirror Stage for Veterans?
Jacques Lacan's Mirror State is about the identity formation of Self and Otherness. Each day more 22 veterans commit suicide, that is 8030 each year. For the first time in history more veterans die from suicide than from combat. 21 of the 22 a day do not seek mental health care. Why? We believe it has something to do with America's 'Mirror Stage.' Veterans pass through a Mirror Stage, various institution's constructions of the soldier's body, hero's body, warrior's body, the coming home body, and the PeaceAware body. These institutions construct the Self-Idientities of Veterans in contradictory ways making it difficult for the Veteran's 'embodied' Self to fully integrate. The veteran's body is reflected in the Mirror of the Military: Be Strong, in Society: Be Heroic, in the Family: Be the Loving Parent, in War: Be the Warrior, and in Peace: Be at Peace with everyone. The external image of the Veteran-Self is reflected in all these Mirrors. The veteran passes through Mirror-stages, reflected in the Military the veteran is told to be tough, suck it up, do what is needed to defend the country. Then in post-deployment, the veteran passes through more Mirror-stages. Society does not tolerate veterans seeking help because they don't want to know what happened over there. And veteran's learn from military and society, to just don't talk about it. Which is why we use sandtray work to heal the stories of over there, and Equine-Assisted-Growth-And-Learning-Events (EAGLE), to re-embody the veteran after they have been disembodied on the Mirror Stage of America. Now it's time for America to become more than a spectator, and be acocuntable for their role on the Mirror Stage.
“All this may be no more than a kind of game. But it is in the course of some such story that one can isolate functions like those that I wished to reproduce here on the blackboard. In order to conjugate the schema of the net with those I have made in response to a psychologizing theory of the psychoanalytic personality, you have only to turn the obturator I referred to earlier into a camera shutter, except that it would be a mirror. It is in this little mirror, which shuts out what is on the other side, that the subject sees emerge the game by means of which he may — according to the illusion of what is obtained in the experiment of the inverted bunch of flowers, that is to say, a real image —— accommodate his own image around what appears, the petit a.. It is the sum of these accommodations of images that the subject must find the opportunity for an essential integration” (Lacan, Book X, p. 159).
NOV 28 1962
From the cosmos to the unheimliche; The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book X: Anxiety (ed. Jacques-Alain Miller), N.Y.: Polity, 2014
THE SPECULAR AND THE SIGNIFIER
FROM THE WORLD TO THE WORLD'S STAGE
Sandtrays, horse areans, and the Mirror Stage our theatre group performs, its all kind of stroytelling game. Each of these reproduces a stage, and you the audience take a picture of it, in the blink of an eye, except that too would be a little mirror that shuts out what is the Other, in a game of many images of Veterans held out of view.