The Telling Project

Sharing their stories, bringing home the reality of war.

Two years ago, when they agreed to be part of the Tampa edition of The Telling Project, a national performing arts nonprofit that employs theater to deepen understanding of the military and veterans’ experiences, neither Ryan Simonson nor Scott Owens had ever set foot on a theatrical stage.

 What they did have in common were deployments to Iraq that left them with the largely invisible-to-the-eye scars of war and a belief that, by sharing stories of their service, they might help bridge the gap between veterans and the civilian world.

Their goal in participating in the making of The Tampa Telling Project, captured in an award-winning WEDU documentary screened Tuesday night at an Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee outreach event, was not to get to Hollywood, but to share their very un-Hollywood-like version of the cost and aftermath of combat. Tuesday night, the two Army veterans shared their experiences of participating in the theater production, which was performed in five Florida venues over three counties in 2015, in the making of the documentary, which is currently up for two Emmy awards.

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