Reading: A Letter from Bataan

Reading of a new play by Neal J. Freeman at Astoria Performing Arts Center.

A Letter from Bataan traces the journey of Captain George E. Porter from the small-town of St. Joseph, Missouri to one of the most unforgiving battlegrounds of World War II, the Japanese assault on the Philippines in December of 1941. Surviving the invasion, three months of combat under deplorable conditions, the brutal Bataan Death March, and two and a half years in a Japanese concentration camp, George fatefully boards the “hell ship” Arisan Maru in October of 1944. Meanwhile at home, his family agonizes over months and years seeking word of his whereabouts and survival. A Letter from Bataan is George’s story, told in part through his own words and those of his family.

A Letter from Bataan was a semi-finalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference, the recipient of a seed grant from The Drama League Directors Project, and was work-shopped at the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. A Letter from Bataan has been developed with the assistance of Morgan Jenness, the support of the Brooklyn College Department of Theater, and the permission of the Porter family.

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