Ken Bradley, Steven Soria, Aimee Kennedy and Tom Viskocil in "Soldier, Come Home," now playing at the GreenMan Theatre, Elmhurst, Illinois

The award-winning play, Soldier, Come Home, at the GreenMan Theatre, Elmhurst, Illinois. A free copy of the play is now available through the  Samuel French Play Publishing Company.

               “See ‘Soldier, Come Home.’ It is a wonderfully human  story.                                   You will be be touched and grateful for having seen this.”                                                                                                    – Jean Ferris, Savanna, Illinois

Soldier, Come Home brings to life the letters of Frank W. Wicks’ great-grandparents, Mary Luke Pringle and Philip W. Pringle, and family members,

Historic Wicks family Civil War letters were the inspiration for Soldier, Come Home, which just celebrated its 100th performance..

Historic Wicks family Civil War letters were the inspiration for Soldier, Come Home, which just celebrated its 100th performance..

written during the period 1859 to 1865 from western Pennsylvania and from major Civil War battle sites, including Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, and Appomattox.

“The true magic of Frank Wicks’ play is in its simplicity, says WGTD Wisconsin Radio Theater co-executive producer and director Steve Brown, The letters become the dialogue – conflict, humor and emotions completely take over the moment the play begins.”

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To mark the observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Soldier, Come Home is available for productions by theater companies and community groups throughout America and abroad.

"Soldier, Come Home" at the Lyric Theatre, Loudon, TN, directed by Robert Harrison.

Soldier, Come Home at the Lyric Theatre, Loudon, TN. The production used over 75 historic Civil War photos downloaded from The Library of Congress.

The play was selected by the Samuel French Play Publishing Company to be part of its exciting new program, Playwright Direct, and is now available online free of charge and may be downloaded worldwide. For a free digital copy of the play, visit: http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/60036/soldier-come-home

 

The Gem Theatre, Etowah, Tennessee, where two productions of Soldier, Come Home took place in 2012 and 2013.

The Gem Theatre, Etowah, Tennessee, where two productions of Soldier, Come Home took place in 2012 and 2013. “This production is just too good not to run again.” – LaMone Rose, Director

Recent performances have taken place in Wisconsin (including a live radio broadcast which won the 2012 First Place Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association), Illinois, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, and internationally in Merida, Mexico and at the South Bank Playhouse, Belfast, County Down, Ireland.

In 1950, the long-forgotten letters were discovered in a shoe box in the attic of the Wicks family home in South Fork, Pennsylvania. Wicks’ father, Frank Wicks, Sr., began the project of transcribing the letters.

Ashley L. Froy in Soldier, Come Home which payed for two weeks at the Summit Theatre, Bluefield, WV

Ashley L. Froy in Soldier, Come Home which played for two weeks at the Summit Theatre, Bluefield, WV

Wicks, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, continued the project and then began transforming the letters into a play, weaving the story of his family through the events of the Civil War.

The letters provide a look back at some of the most significant battles of the Civil War as well as what life was like for those family members left behind.

“You don’t have to be a Civil War buff to appreciate ‘Soldier, Come Home.’ It’s about family, struggles for survival, separation, duty, and hope: universal themes for people caught in the maelstrom of war.” – Rita Bailey, Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Round Table, Brunswick, Maine

Michael Keating in the international premiere of "Soldier, Come Home" in Merida, Mexico.

Michael Keating in the international premiere of “Soldier, Come Home” in Merida, Mexico, February 22, 2015. Behind him are photos of Philip W. Pringle and Martin Pringle, Jr. (photo by Reg McGhee)

The play has been performed throughout America, including an Off-Broadway presentation in New York City. For the opening performance, critics said, “Soldier, Come Home played to enraptured audiences. The script, plus the acting, staging, lighting and music produced an amazing, intimate view of history. This is a theater experience not to be missed.”

Soldier” is performed as reader’s theater by five actors playing eight different characters using minimal sets, lights and costumes. The play may also be presented simply – in an open space. Soldier, Come Home runs approximately one hour with no intermission.

Philip W. Pringle, great-grandfather of Frank W. Wicks. "Soldier, Come Home" is based on the Civil War letters of Philip Pringle and his wife, Mary Pringle

Philip W. Pringle, great-grandfather of Frank W. Wicks. “Soldier, Come Home” is based on the Civil War letters of Philip Pringle and his wife, Mary Pringle.

If you decide to stage a production or reading, contact: Samuel French Play Publishers for royalty information. To contact the author, email frankwicks@gmail.com.

"Soldier, Come Home" award presented in Madison, Wisconsin May 4, 2013

May 4, 2013 award ceremony, Madison, Wisconsin. First Place Award for Frank Wicks’ Soldier, Come Home “Best Significant Community Impact.” To arrange a performance in your community, email frankwicks@gmail.com

“We had the ‘Soldier, Come Home’ play in our town and it was a smash. We loved it!” – Linda Shuck, Historic New Richmond, Ohio

“See ‘Soldier, Come Home.’ It is a wonderfully human story of a couple living in the Civil War period. You will be touched and grateful for having seen this. It was a privilege to present it.”

– Jean Ferris, Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, Savanna, Illinois.

“Last week, was moved to tears by this play, performed at an intermediate school in Bellbrook, Ohio. Had witnessed it several times before, but was deeply impressed, again, by the urgency and vitality of the voices. School-children were so attentive, you could’ve heard a pin drop.”…Carol Bussey, Bellbrook, Ohio

“These letters capture the rich details of the war and the living conditions in the Union camps and, often overlooked in Civil War collections, life at home.”…Dan Weston, McConnellstown Playhouse, McConnellstown, Pennsylvania.

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