Performance of Poetic Captivity, a drama written and directed by U of M, Crookston Senior Deborah Halstad, to benefit Disabled American Veterans; Performance on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium

The sacrifices of our country's service men and women are the focus of Poetic Captivity, a drama written and directed by University of Minnesota, Crookston Senior Deborah Halstad. A special performance of Poetic Captivity will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. A free will offering will be taken at the door and all proceeds will support the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

To coincide with the production, the American Legion of Crookston, located at 102 South Ash, will host a luncheon prior to the performance from 3-4 p.m. Cost for the luncheon is free for veterans; all others are $3.

The cast includes members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), the Communication Club, and Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE). As the play's author and director, Halstad hopes the performance encourages veterans and demonstrates gratitude for their years in service and also pays tribute to those who so honorably gave their lives in service to the country.

"After veterans and other community members, along with our faculty, staff, and students experience the performance of Poetic Captivity, they should walk away with a sense of pride, honor, and respect for those in the United States willing to put their lives on the line for their loved ones and for their country," Halstad reflects.

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