Everyone responds to war differently. Some show support by plastering ribbon magnets on their SUVs or publicly praying around flagpoles. Others protest with picket signs and pamphlets or by composing scathing diatribes on their blogs. But with All That I Have Lost: War in Poetry, Prose and Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival masters Ray Kemble and Lynn Nichols decided that the best way to reflect on the human experience of war was to just let history do the talking.
Composed of poetry, prose and references from well-known plays spanning 33 centuries of turmoil from Troy to Baghdad, the apolitical production relies completely on the work of history's most influential artists. "It's a way to show the impact of war through the ages in every different kind of artistic way that they can," says Pam Stone, public-relations director for the University of Colorado's Department of Theatre & Dance. "It's going to be very simple and kind of stark. No costumes, no backdrop. The sense of it is a little morose and sad, with everybody expressing war's effects in different ways."
Lost will be performed eight times through October 15 at CU-Boulder's University Theatre Mainstage. For information on showtimes and tickets, $8 to $15, call 303-492-8181 or go to www.cutheatre.org.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Starts: Feb. 8. Continues through Feb. 18