There’s a unique twist to the “Telling: Austin, TX” show running Thursday through Saturday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Documenting inspiring, courageous and heartbreaking stories of military life, it features veterans and their family members acting out and explaining each story — a range of their experiences spanning boot camp, war zones and the long wait for deployed loved ones to come home.
The premise of the show, a collaboration between the cultural center, Austin Community College and the Telling Project, an organization that has staged “Telling” performances across the country since 2008, is simple. The eight veterans and their relatives sit in chairs next to each other on the bare, prop-less stage of a black box theater and speak directly to the audience. But the content of the show is far more complex.
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‘Telling: Austin, TX’
What: Central Texas veterans and their families perform their stories of service.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.
Where: Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.