“Letters From The Front – The Play” by Bob Rector tells the stories of several American soldiers from various theatres of war by using excerpts from their real letters, showing the broad spectrum of experiences and viewpoints during war. They range from funny and inspiring to sentimental, emotional and moving in their nature.
The letters are surrounded by the personal stories of essayist Katharine Hartgrove and Johnny Chastain, the two main characters on the ‘real’ stage.
This was a most rewarding reading experience for me on many levels, mainly for its huge dramatic and emotional impact the stories had but also because it’s been a while since I read any script for a play. Rector’s stage directions and annotations reflect his background as professional in the business and reminded me how powerful stage plays can be.
The production of a play as theme for a play is a great premise and offers a multitude of perspectives on entertainment ethics while bringing home some truths about human heroism, loss and sacrifice.
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. “Sebastian” has been released in May 2013. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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