The Foxhole Stories: Twist, Pull, Smoke, Run-Motherfucker-Run!

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Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

A combat veteran evades his concerned girlfriend's questions about his tour in Afghanistan, and instead argues with his own PTSD.

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"The play is a fascinating piece. Knowing it is derived from actual experiences of soldiers adjusting to their return home, there is an authenticity to the storytelling that automatically adds weight to the piece. But, does it work? Yes, it absolutely does... This is theater with a purpose. This is theater aiming for social change and healing. By using a familiar story and smartly delivering a message of hope infused with harrowing accounts of trauma and death, this piece demands that it be followed by conversation… by awareness… and, hopefully, for some, action. The Foxhole Stories is off to a strong start and I want to know more about what is to come."

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


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"This is an outstanding play. It was co-written by a veteran and acted by two vets. The made me laugh, fear, and cry. It taught me so much about PTSD. Katherine, Matthew, and Brock have amazing chemistry on stage. The play was very real. Life is a mixture of sorrow and joy; this play reflects that reality beautifully. Everyone over about 16 years of age should see this play. I hope to see it produced in more venues in the future."

sweet - Helen Rudolf Wagner


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"WHAT I LIKED What I liked, or rather loved, is that Foxhole Stories brings the worst of boot camp and war inside the Lounge Theater and doesn't let go of you until you shared it with someone. This is it! I don't need to see any other show at the Fringe cause I've witnessed the best. Top Dog was scary as sh*t, Adam (played by Matthew) spelled terror and his girlfriend, an angel in disguise. Once you see Adam's alter ego take over, the tension grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go. I felt my jaw tightening, my stomach turning, my eyes watering and my heart pumping out of my chest. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE That people in LA much rather be lining up at a bar across the street lo get inside Black instead of supporting the arts like theater which is a real shame! They missed out… that's way backwards MY OVERALL IMPRESSION Speechless. Top of the Fringe in my book."

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


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"There is much that the American people wake up to every morning. A avalanche of hashtags invade the day vying for attention, but by the time you've gotten up for work, taken a shower and eaten your breakfast, a Veteran has committed suicide. A study done by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs showed that roughly 22 Veterans were dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Some sources suggest that this rate may be undercounting suicides. Well, timing is everything as they say and the time is now to showcase the plight of the American Veteran. Thank you Matthew Domenico, Katherine Duff, Brock Joseph and Director Chris Game, for breathing life into not only the personal stories you tell, but the stories of those who can't. You are giving a voice to those we see on the freeway off ramps holding up signs for food, those sleeping in cardboard boxes on skid row, those who die alone in VA hospitals, lost long before to their families and those who have been silenced by the horrors of war. I personally thank you from someone who sat home waiting for their son to return and in many ways is still waiting. Your raw, gritty and sometimes shocking portrayal of who and what sits inside the combat Veteran on a daily basis, is paving a way for a new age of compassion and understanding for what society has deemed “the expendable”. Thank you for your courage to shed light into the darkest corners of a Veterans haunted mind, for it is by that light others may be saved. God Bless you all. “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” Douglas MacArthur"

sweet - Anonymous


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"Powerful storytelling and a visceral performance, make FOXHOLE STORIES: a must see for this years 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Evocative and captivating, I found myself mesmerized, on the edge of my seat the entire show, this is such an important story to tell, and writers Matthew Domenico and Katherine Duff breathed so much raw authenticity into this piece, it is simply a can't miss experience. Brock Joseph, as T-Dog might simply be the best acting performance, I have seen at any Hollywood Fringe Show, if there was a category of “Best supporting Actor” I would give it to him, without hesitation. The standing ovation at the end was well deserved, there wasn't many dry eyes, including mine by the end of the show."

sweet - Mike Reyes


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"A real, truthful look at what it is really like experiencing or PTSD. The performances were top notch. Unique way of using at the optical device. You'll have to see it to know. The standing ovation was absolutely deserved."

sweet - Adam Briggs - Live From The Hobgoblin, It's Hank!


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"As a young actor, I was incredibly moved by the realness and beauty that was portrayed in this piece. I went in not knowing what to expect by the title, but as soon as it started I was captivated. The actors were vulnerable and it made the show that much more compelling. I am incredibly glad that I saw this show. I am so excited to see the next steps for this cast"

sweet - Kaelah Franklin


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"Saw the 10pm show on Friday, June 8. Super powerful show. Nearly full house, standing O at the end, so I am not the only one moved by this play and this production. Deals with the struggles combat vets experience when they return to civilian life. Wonderful chemistry between the performers. I attended with two older teens, and the message and the visceral cruelty of war landed within them with impact. As I believe it should. Highly recommend this show."

sweet - Bethany Price


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"I smiled at the start, held onto my seat for dear life in the middle, and cried at the end. The story that I saw, that was stunningly, articulately, and delicately written by Katherine Duff and Matthew Domenico, took me on a journey of discovery of what a veteran goes through after returning home. It was eye-opening, heartbreaking, and personal. I felt as if I was peaking into the mind of someone as I watched the emotionally moving writing and acting come to life. That's a very difficult thing to do, and it was done right there on that stage. I want to truly thank each one of the actors — your vulnerability about such a hard topic brought honest tears from my eyes. And I want to personally thank the two veterans on stage for serving our country and for serving us with a well needed truth and knowledge. Thank you thank you thank you."

sweet - Tara Rose


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"Don't miss this show! It's honest, brutal truth of how our Soldiers cope upon returning. Although about PTSD, it shows how this disease is not the man. Gut wrenching, thought provoking, and new viewpoint from veterans, not Hollywood. I enjoyed how it portrayed not just the disease, but the relationships with others, how this return from war can effect everyone. The inner struggles, the negative thoughts ring true. The actors (and veterans themselves) brought the inner war veterans truly never leave, to the forefront in a manner that is both humorous but honest. I sincerely hope this play is seen by more audiences, for its message is heartfelt, and above reproach. Thank you Matt and Katherine for the amazing script, and Brock for a chilling portrayal of a brutally honest inner demon."

sweet - Renee Parham King


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"This piece is incredible! The writing is excellent witty, funny, heart wrenching and unforgiving. This play gives no excuses and doesn't play into hot topics, just truth. It is gritty and thought provoking a truly multigenerational and timeless piece of theatre. The acting is undeniably good. I was compelled from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this piece of theatre!!!"

sweet - Amelia Barron


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"Outstanding!!! A brutal and honest performance by two very talented veterans (Brock Joesph & Mathew Domenico). Excellent pacing and chemistry. War, PTSD, a soldiers memories all extremely serious topics that the average joe couldn't possibly know. But the dialogue (writers Mathew Domenico, Katherine Duff) & the performance eases you in and brings you in on a brief experience of a day in the life of a solider trying to come back into civilian life and the moments that haunt him. At times one may be fueled with rage, confusion, tears but you are not left to dwell in such heart arch, there are bits of laugher and brotherhood that lift the spirits. If the mind is open and willing to listen, one may be left with a feeling of understanding. This production I felt was not a time to judge war but to truly listen to a solider, a chance for a solider to be heard. I do hope this production leaves audiences with having the utmost respect for those who truly give up everything (mind, body, soul and at times faith and life) to serve an entire country. Thank you to the cast and crew for telling this story and to those within the production who have served this country thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your serve!"

sweet - Carolyn Feres


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"A truly wonderful piece, filled with powerhouse peformances and thought provoking writing. Hopefully this piece will continue on for years to come. It truly deserves to be seen and heard!"

sweet - Ryan Knight


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"The play is a fascinating piece. Knowing it is derived from actual experiences of soldiers adjusting to their return home, there is an authenticity to the storytelling that automatically adds weight to the piece. But, does it work? Yes, it absolutely does... This is theater with a purpose. This is theater aiming for social change and healing. By using a familiar story and smartly delivering a message of hope infused with harrowing accounts of trauma and death, this piece demands that it be followed by conversation… by awareness… and, hopefully, for some, action. The Foxhole Stories is off to a strong start and I want to know more about what is to come."

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


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"This is an outstanding play. It was co-written by a veteran and acted by two vets. The made me laugh, fear, and cry. It taught me so much about PTSD. Katherine, Matthew, and Brock have amazing chemistry on stage. The play was very real. Life is a mixture of sorrow and joy; this play reflects that reality beautifully. Everyone over about 16 years of age should see this play. I hope to see it produced in more venues in the future."

sweet - Helen Rudolf Wagner


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"WHAT I LIKED What I liked, or rather loved, is that Foxhole Stories brings the worst of boot camp and war inside the Lounge Theater and doesn't let go of you until you shared it with someone. This is it! I don't need to see any other show at the Fringe cause I've witnessed the best. Top Dog was scary as sh*t, Adam (played by Matthew) spelled terror and his girlfriend, an angel in disguise. Once you see Adam's alter ego take over, the tension grabs you by the neck and doesn't let go. I felt my jaw tightening, my stomach turning, my eyes watering and my heart pumping out of my chest. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE That people in LA much rather be lining up at a bar across the street lo get inside Black instead of supporting the arts like theater which is a real shame! They missed out… that's way backwards MY OVERALL IMPRESSION Speechless. Top of the Fringe in my book."

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


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"There is much that the American people wake up to every morning. A avalanche of hashtags invade the day vying for attention, but by the time you've gotten up for work, taken a shower and eaten your breakfast, a Veteran has committed suicide. A study done by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs showed that roughly 22 Veterans were dying by suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Some sources suggest that this rate may be undercounting suicides. Well, timing is everything as they say and the time is now to showcase the plight of the American Veteran. Thank you Matthew Domenico, Katherine Duff, Brock Joseph and Director Chris Game, for breathing life into not only the personal stories you tell, but the stories of those who can't. You are giving a voice to those we see on the freeway off ramps holding up signs for food, those sleeping in cardboard boxes on skid row, those who die alone in VA hospitals, lost long before to their families and those who have been silenced by the horrors of war. I personally thank you from someone who sat home waiting for their son to return and in many ways is still waiting. Your raw, gritty and sometimes shocking portrayal of who and what sits inside the combat Veteran on a daily basis, is paving a way for a new age of compassion and understanding for what society has deemed “the expendable”. Thank you for your courage to shed light into the darkest corners of a Veterans haunted mind, for it is by that light others may be saved. God Bless you all. “The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” Douglas MacArthur"

sweet - Anonymous


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"Powerful storytelling and a visceral performance, make FOXHOLE STORIES: a must see for this years 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Evocative and captivating, I found myself mesmerized, on the edge of my seat the entire show, this is such an important story to tell, and writers Matthew Domenico and Katherine Duff breathed so much raw authenticity into this piece, it is simply a can't miss experience. Brock Joseph, as T-Dog might simply be the best acting performance, I have seen at any Hollywood Fringe Show, if there was a category of “Best supporting Actor” I would give it to him, without hesitation. The standing ovation at the end was well deserved, there wasn't many dry eyes, including mine by the end of the show."

sweet - Mike Reyes


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"A real, truthful look at what it is really like experiencing or PTSD. The performances were top notch. Unique way of using at the optical device. You'll have to see it to know. The standing ovation was absolutely deserved."

sweet - Adam Briggs - Live From The Hobgoblin, It's Hank!


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"As a young actor, I was incredibly moved by the realness and beauty that was portrayed in this piece. I went in not knowing what to expect by the title, but as soon as it started I was captivated. The actors were vulnerable and it made the show that much more compelling. I am incredibly glad that I saw this show. I am so excited to see the next steps for this cast"

sweet - Kaelah Franklin


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"Saw the 10pm show on Friday, June 8. Super powerful show. Nearly full house, standing O at the end, so I am not the only one moved by this play and this production. Deals with the struggles combat vets experience when they return to civilian life. Wonderful chemistry between the performers. I attended with two older teens, and the message and the visceral cruelty of war landed within them with impact. As I believe it should. Highly recommend this show."

sweet - Bethany Price


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"I smiled at the start, held onto my seat for dear life in the middle, and cried at the end. The story that I saw, that was stunningly, articulately, and delicately written by Katherine Duff and Matthew Domenico, took me on a journey of discovery of what a veteran goes through after returning home. It was eye-opening, heartbreaking, and personal. I felt as if I was peaking into the mind of someone as I watched the emotionally moving writing and acting come to life. That's a very difficult thing to do, and it was done right there on that stage. I want to truly thank each one of the actors — your vulnerability about such a hard topic brought honest tears from my eyes. And I want to personally thank the two veterans on stage for serving our country and for serving us with a well needed truth and knowledge. Thank you thank you thank you."

sweet - Tara Rose


Avatar
"Don't miss this show! It's honest, brutal truth of how our Soldiers cope upon returning. Although about PTSD, it shows how this disease is not the man. Gut wrenching, thought provoking, and new viewpoint from veterans, not Hollywood. I enjoyed how it portrayed not just the disease, but the relationships with others, how this return from war can effect everyone. The inner struggles, the negative thoughts ring true. The actors (and veterans themselves) brought the inner war veterans truly never leave, to the forefront in a manner that is both humorous but honest. I sincerely hope this play is seen by more audiences, for its message is heartfelt, and above reproach. Thank you Matt and Katherine for the amazing script, and Brock for a chilling portrayal of a brutally honest inner demon."

sweet - Renee Parham King


Avatar
"This piece is incredible! The writing is excellent witty, funny, heart wrenching and unforgiving. This play gives no excuses and doesn't play into hot topics, just truth. It is gritty and thought provoking a truly multigenerational and timeless piece of theatre. The acting is undeniably good. I was compelled from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this piece of theatre!!!"

sweet - Amelia Barron


Avatar
"Outstanding!!! A brutal and honest performance by two very talented veterans (Brock Joesph & Mathew Domenico). Excellent pacing and chemistry. War, PTSD, a soldiers memories all extremely serious topics that the average joe couldn't possibly know. But the dialogue (writers Mathew Domenico, Katherine Duff) & the performance eases you in and brings you in on a brief experience of a day in the life of a solider trying to come back into civilian life and the moments that haunt him. At times one may be fueled with rage, confusion, tears but you are not left to dwell in such heart arch, there are bits of laugher and brotherhood that lift the spirits. If the mind is open and willing to listen, one may be left with a feeling of understanding. This production I felt was not a time to judge war but to truly listen to a solider, a chance for a solider to be heard. I do hope this production leaves audiences with having the utmost respect for those who truly give up everything (mind, body, soul and at times faith and life) to serve an entire country. Thank you to the cast and crew for telling this story and to those within the production who have served this country thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your serve!"

sweet - Carolyn Feres


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"A truly wonderful piece, filled with powerhouse peformances and thought provoking writing. Hopefully this piece will continue on for years to come. It truly deserves to be seen and heard!"

sweet - Ryan Knight