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PHOTOS: Gospel According to First Squad presented by Merry War Theater


img_8540Controversial, violent, loud, and packed with testosterone.

Merry War Theater’s production of Gospel According to First Squad is certainly not for everyone, especially children, but if you are looking for a hard hitting play that lays it all out in front of you, this is for you.

The play looks at the Afghanistan conflict in 2009 and the possible choices some soldiers may have made during their time in Afghanistan. I found the gritty in your face portrayal of “our” soldiers to be disturbing but also very thought provoking.

This play will certainly test your feelings on war, but deeper than that, it will test your feelings on the human side of conflict and the need to control the actions of others at any cost.

The ensemble cast brings power and passion to their roles and with the direction of Chase McKenna. These are some of the finest performances I have seen from these actors. The performances drew me into the world of war in a way that may have lent me a bit more understanding of the deep challenges faced in the path of conflict.

I highly recommend seeing Gospel According to First Squad, for the story but also for the truly inspired and passionate performances.

Merry War Theatre Group will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Northern Nevada Veteran’s Resource Center.
For more information and show times check out Merry War Theater’s website.. http://www.merrywar.com/

Buy tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2583974’
Or call 775-848-9892

Gospel According to First Squad

  • Written by Tom Burmester
  • Directed by Chase McKenna
  • Produced by Merry War Theatre Group
  • Stage Manager – Cassandra Michelle Moore
  • Military and Tactical Advisor – Lang Weaver VO Intro & Griffin Command– Christopher Emerson

Cast: (Order of appearance)

  • CPT Davis – Brian Ault
  • LT Grieshop – Robert Simpson
  • PFC Gehrman – Patrick Riglesberger
  • CPL “Jedi” Raasch – Jessey Richards
  • PFC Jackson – Noel Tsuchiya
  • PFC “Doc” Giri – Richard McIver
  • PFC Wright –Cody Hamilton
  • SGT Taylor – Cameron M. Shirey
  • PFC Gabriel –Lachlan McKinney
  • Muhammad – Brantly Compton
Dana Nollsch
Dana Nollschhttp://www.photozen.us
Dana Nollsch is a lifelong Reno area resident. He is a photographer, artist, journalist, and spiritual leader. His work has been seen in many local publications and many national publications as well, award winning for his photojournalism. Dana has a unique eye that shows in his photography and a unique voice that is evident in his writing. His involvement in the local theater and arts community gives him an informed and honest perspective. Owner and operator of PhotoZen he offers his skills and insight to many industries.