The Award-winning play to continue in the Philadelphia area in repertory!
This award-winning play, a tribute to Vietnam Veterans, tells the stories about the effects of the Vietnam War and the subsequent homecoming on veterans and their families. The play originally opened in June, 1991 at Playhouse West Acting School & Repertory Theater, and is currently the longest running play in Los Angeles, and the longest consecutive-running drama in the country!
We plan to present the play again in the Philadelphia area in the near future, and to continue producing the play periodically, in repertory with other plays.
TONY SAVANT, the creator, co-writer, director, producer and 22-year cast member of Welcome Home, Soldier, directs and acts in this east coast production. Savant directed a production in West Chester in the summer of 2014, and in Philadelphia in spring and summer of 2015. All performances sold out and received rave reviews from audiences.
JIM PARRACK (Holt on HBO’s “True Blood”, feature films Fury, Battle Los Angeles, Suicide Squad), a long-time member of the L.A. cast, has also joined the east-coast cast and will continue with the play as his schedule allows.
The cast is comprised exclusively of members of Playhouse West Philadelphia, the east coast branch of the school Mr. Savant founded in 2012.
“One of the year’s ten best” VILLAGE VIEW, Tony Tran
“An emotional “Welcome” for ex-soldiers! Brings veterans to their feet!” L.A. TIMES
“Those who see ‘Welcome Home, Soldier’ will never forget it.” KNX RADIO
“The play has a positive, feel-good, group therapy quality.” DAILY VARIETY
“Outstanding acting!” You honored Vietnam Veterans everywhere.” Paul “Buzz” Baviello, Vietnam Veteran and Author of CORPSMAN UP “Over twenty years since I’ve been back from Vietnam and it wasn’t till I started coming to this play that I felt welcomed home.” Clifford Oliver, VIETNAM VETERAN
“This play has been a blessing in my life. I’m a new man because of it.” Glen King, VIETNAM VETERAN
“I’ve seen the play 23 times and I still react the same way.” Jim Kinnon, VIETNAM VETERAN
“It’s a helluva healer.” Ray Martinez, VIETNAM VETERAN
“After first seeing the play I felt that I truly had been welcomed home from Vietnam. I honestly feel that this play has done more for the veteran community than the Veterans Administration.” John Pagel, VIETNAM VETERAN
“Thank you for giving me back my pride.” John Allgood, VIETNAM VETERAN “Not since ‘Waiting For Lefty’ have I seen theater with this kind of emotional kick to it.” Sanford Meisner, legendary acting teacher and co-director of Clifford Odets’ classic play for the Group Theatre
Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances" ~ Sanford Meisner