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May 1, 2013

Local museum to present an evening at the theater

By CHRIS AGEE

The National Vietnam War Museum is planning an evening of entertainment Friday night in Fort Worth.

Doors open at the Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., at 6 p.m., and the first of two one-act plays begins at 7 p.m.

Museum Treasurer Jim Messinger said the plays' actors were selected from a pool of local talent, explaining many are Weatherford College students. He explained the presentation is part of the overall mission of the museum and will offer not only entertainment but education.

"The primary reason for it was the play 'Healing of War'," he said. "The playwright for this play is a Vietnam vet, and he and I were actually at the same place at the same time in Vietnam."

He explained a recent update of the script sets the scene in Iraq, though he said the overall message is timeless.

"If nobody mentions the particular war it was, it is applicable to every war we've ever had and every war we'll ever have," he said.

A second play offers a unique look into those affected by the 9/11 terrorist attack, Messinger explained.

"We picked up this 'New York' play and it's a story about people in New York at 9/11 being interviewed by a psychiatrist," he noted. "One [play] is about war for soldiers and the other is about similar situations for everyone else."

A premiere performance of the plays last weekend at Weatherford College provided the community a sneak peek, though Messinger said he is excited to bring the event to a prominent Metroplex destination.

He said the museum has advertised in Fort Worth media and expects to see many individuals from the area in attendance Friday.

Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door or at the Chamber of Commerce in either Mineral Wells or Weatherford.

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