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Songs And Stories With Houston Veterans

Applied Theatre at the Alley is honored to have used our First Draft personal narrative program to help four Houston Veterans share their stories as part of HGOco’s Veteran Songbook final concert on Saturday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day.

HGOco's Veterans Songbook Project (2014–17) gives voice to the stories of Houston-based men and women who have served our country and to their loved ones, sparking a community-wide conversation about conflict, courage, strength, sacrifice, and hope. The songbook contains captivating music set to the text resulting from storytelling and writing workshops, as well as additional works created from interviews and archival research of wartime efforts. 

With additional partnership from Max Rayneard of The Telling Project, we collaborated on the the culminating event of this three-year community project at Christ Church Cathedral. The event featured the heartfelt, spoken-word performances by veterans alongside stunning performances of select songbook offerings by HGOco ensemble members.