by Jacqueline Goldfinger
Directed by Brendan Ragan
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2023
When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology re-calibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers?
This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding
strength in vulnerability.
Critics on BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK:
"A spellbinding performance... Backwards Forwards Back is a riveting look at the horrors of combat PTSD through the experience of a returning soldier." -The Bradenton Times (full review)
"A riveting production...a bravura performance by L. James." -The Gabber (full review)
"It’s powerful stuff... Goldfinger’s dialogue is razor-sharp; her storytelling is laser-focused. Backwards Forwards Back reminds you that warriors are people." -The Observer (full review)
"James creates a gripping picture...He makes PTSD real and human and we feel we really get to know and understand the challenges he faces." -Sarasota Herald-Tribune (full review)
Join us on Thursdays for our post-show talkback series, featuring the cast and CEO of Operation Warrior Resolution, Kendra Simpkins.
Content disclaimer: Contains adult language, sudden loud noises and descriptions of military violence. We invite you to review the full script if you are unsure about attending.
Run time: 65 minutes, no intermission
Playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger
Production Stage Manager
Technical Supervisor & Projection Design