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September 23, 2011

One-woman play ‘Snapshot’ on Sept. 27 honors father, Vietnam veterans

TERRE HAUTE — “Snapshot: A True Story of Love Interrupted by Invasion” explores the forces of history, race, mental health issues and war. Written and performed by Carmen Mitzi Sinnott, the award-winning one-woman play brings to life the true story of one bi-racial daughter’s journey to find her father who has been missing in her life since the Vietnam War.

See “Snapshot” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in University Hall Theater at Indiana State University. The free event is sponsored by the ISU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of History, African and African American Studies Program, Interdisciplinary Programs and Women’s Studies Program.

Initiated by being asked to perform at an antiwar rally at the onset of the Iraq war, Sinnott explores the question of “what do I know about war?” While playing 15 different characters she finds the answers lying in an album of faded photos of her father. As snapshots from the album are projected on a black wall R&B tracks take viewers back to a high school dance floor in 1960s Appalachia where a white girl and black boy kiss for the first time.

The sound of a gunshot brings the audience back to the rice fields of Vietnam and a soldier’s decision to kill or die. Carrying her past and the pain of her father’s absence, a moment of dance positions her in the quest to find him. Her growing insights reveal how the forces of history, race and war affected her and her family, and the torn fragments of her life begin to reconnect.

“Snapshot” honors her father and other Vietnam veterans who have been lost under the avalanche of history. This play is a daring look at the truth of our past, present and future. It is an inspiring example of the need for us to reconcile  history — one life at a time.

Sinnott received a Best Actress Nomination from The STAGE (London’s leading theatre newspaper) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland for her performance. She has also won the Brooklyn Arts Council Artist Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women Art Meets Activism Award, and special selection at the Cape Town Festival South Africa and International Women’s Theatre Festival Tornio Finland.

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