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Veterans performing as part of Conscience Under Fire – at The Betsy during O, Miami – April 19, 2015
Veterans performing as part of Conscience Under Fire – at The Betsy during O, Miami – April 19, 2015

Conscience Under Fire: The MDC Live Arts Veterans Lab Showcase

Published on May 4, 2015 by in Miami

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By Chauncey Mabe

After the debut performance of “Conscience Under Fire,” a spoken word theatrical performance drawn from the experience of four Iraq veterans, consensus ruled the room. This production is ready for New York. Maybe Off-Broadway. True, it was a small room – the Betsy Hotel’s B Bar, presented under the O, Miami umbrella– but the place was packed, with standing room only six deep in the back.

“We are talking about what next,” said Katherine Garcia, visibly exhilarated by what she had just witnessed. Garcia is the executive director of the Miami-Dade College’s Miami Live Arts!, and with help from the Knight Foundation, sponsored development of the show. “It exceeded our expectations. It was a very good first performance. It can only get better.”

The four writer/performers did not have the appearance of amateurs. From the moment they marched in front of the crowd they commanded the room. Each wore a t-shirt that read “Post Traumatic Stress” on the front, with “stress” marked through and “growth” inserted in its place. Director Teo Castellanos, who workshopped the show intensively for weeks, divided it into three acts – before, during, and after military service.

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