© Jim Stowell 2018
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
WRITTEN BY TIM O’BRIEN
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY JIM STOWELL
Fifty years on from the Tet Offensive, Tim O’Brien’s book The Things They Carried remains a
lyrical testimony to what the war in Vietnam was like day to day for the men who fought it. It
has become a classic that captures a sense of the time and place in a voice that is truthful,
beautiful and courageous. In Jim Stowell’s engaging personification of Tim O’Brien’s witness
to the reality of combat it’s all there; memory, imagination, love, loss and the redemptive
power of great storytelling.
SHOW TIME AND PLACE:
Saturday, September 29
410 West 42nd Street, New York City
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SHOW TIMES AND PLACES
THE MINNESOTA FRINGE FESTIVAL
All performance at the Ritz Theater Studio, 345 13
Ave, Northeast, Minneapolis, MN
10:00pm, August 5
8:30pm, August 6
7:00pm, August 11
MADISON STREET THEATER, OAK PARK IL.
28, November 2-4, 9-11, 16-18.
Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm. Sunday at 3:00pm.
THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Tim O’Brien writes, “A true war story, if truly told, makes the stomach believe.” This play will
make your stomach believe. “The production is a stirring, emotional and indeed, a frightening
one, yet highly recommended.” Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, NE.
Jim Stowell’s compelling play is based on the best-selling, award winning, book about the
Vietnam experience. The Things They Carried is a powerful stage adaptation of Tim O’Brien’s
personal journey from his innocent youth in a small Southwestern Minnesota town to the
jungles of Vietnam as a young soldier and back home again.
The Things They Carried premiered at The History Theater, St. Paul, MN. March 15
The History Theater toured the play in Minnesota and Wisconsin in November 2014.
“Superb!” Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Jim Stowell directed the play at The Lied Center in Lincoln, NE. Opening November 5
The play opened at The Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL on March 24
“Necessary.” Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “Truthful, gripping and gutsy.” The Observer.
The previous productions have proven this story transcends Vietnam and speaks to the
veterans and the families from today’s wars. Time after time at after show “talk backs”
audience members stood up and said, “Thank you for telling this story.”
“Tim O’Brien is the best American writer of his generation,” Tom Dowling, San Francisco
Tim O’Brien grew up in Worthington, MN. The “Turkey Capitol of the World.” When he was a
boy Tim performed magic shows in his backyard for the neighborhood kids. He was drafted in
1968 and assigned to 3
Platoon, A Company, 5
Battalion as a foot soldier. Tim is now a
visiting professor and endowed chair at Southwest Texas State University.
A professional actor, director, playwright and storyteller for around forty-eight years, Jim
Stowell is also the co-founder of two theater companies in Minneapolis. Between 1971
through 2018 the twin-cities press has called him, “The area’s primer storyteller.” “The best
storyteller in town.” “A treasure.” “A genius.” - comparing his work to or with: Lewis Carroll,
Walt Whitman, Gary Snyder, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain and Fellini.