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Theater production encourages audience to hear wisdom in the words of war veterans

Jim Blane

Press Release submitted by Kim Brandon, photo courtesy of The Greatest Generations Foundation

“You ask, how we got through it?” questioned Jim Blane, a WWII veteran who survived the battle of Iwo Jima. “ I don‘t know that we did. Only three of us survived when so many others didn‘t. We were foxhole buddies … It was either cold and damp, or so hot and humid that we could hardly breathe. I remember thinking, ‘When will this ever end?’ … Will we get out of this alive? But you couldn‘t stop what was going on, even though you kept trying. And we couldn‘t just quit and go home, where it was safe and sane, where when you laughed, it was from your heart. Here, when we laughed, it was a nervous laugh that you mostly forced yourself to do in order to mask the fear.”

Join the Front Range Theatre Company as they present “The Wisdom Within These Walls: Wisdom in Uniform” at The Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 11and 12 at 7 p.m. and November 13 at 3 p.m.

This collaborative project gathers wisdom that comes from the oral history of several generations of local area veterans and provides a forum to share their stories. Based on poignant, moving interviews, these stories have been beautifully rendered into a reader’s theatre production. It is part of the Wisdom Within These Walls theatrical series, where producers Anne McGhee-Stinson and Sandy Haworth-South strive to capture the essence of our human condition.

“Everyone has a story,” Stinson said. “Everyone. What I was looking for was wisdom, and that’s a tough thing to find. We’ve had many, many, robust conversations about what it is.”

Honor our local Veterans, and buy tickets for the November 11-13 holiday weekend now. Tickets are $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults. Special Veteran’s ticket price is $10.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or for show times, go to, or You may also call The Front Range Theatre Company at 866-879-7373 or Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts at 719-481-0475.



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