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Last of the Boys
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Lee Moyer
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Last of the Boys
by Steven Dietz
May 6, 2011 through May 29, 2011

Ben and Jeeter fought together in Vietnam, but thirty years later the fight continues in a trailer park on a Superfund site. The buddies are joined by Jeeter's new girlfriend and her caustic, whiskey-fueled mother for one last hurrah. Fierce, funny and haunting, this highly theatrical and increasingly relevant play explores the legacy of war and its human cost.

Damon Kupper
Justin Mark
Michael O'Connell
Laura Faye Smith
Valerie Stevens
Director - Slayden Scott Yarbrough
Scenic Design - Demetri Pavlatos
Costume Design - Emily Horton
Lighting Design - Don Crossley
Sound Design - Cameron McFee
Production Manager - Don Crossley
Production Manager - Jen Raynak
Stage Manager - Clair Callaway
Technical Director - Demetri Pavlatos
Scenic Construction - Lunar Theatrical
Props Master - Drew Dannhorn
Master Electrician - Jason Winslow
Deck Crew - Nick Matlick
Deck Crew - Ann Freeman
Light Operator - Jennifer Lin
Sound Operator - Cameron McFee
Lighting Design - Don Crossley
Sound Design - Cameron McFee
Young Performer - Justin Mark

Last of the Boys
A pair of Army buddies—Jeeter (Michael O’Connell), a groovy community-college professor whose taste in music and spirituality were frozen in 1975, and Ben (Damon Kupper), a reclusive carpenter who mostly just scowls—down endless bottles of Miller High Life in the littered yard outside Ben’s trailer (vividly rendered by scenic designer Demetri Pavlatos), noisily flinging the empties into a dumpster and talking about anything but their ghosts. - Willamette Week

Boomer Bait
[A]s Salyer's mother Lorraine, Valerie Stevens is tremendous, imbuing her hard-bitten character a weariness and self-acceptance that make her riveting performance one of the high points of the show. - Portland Mercury

Haunting production captures troubling Vietnam War legacy
This is a complex moving play, but what is most remarkable about the play and especially this production of it is how the terrors of war are evoked not through garish scenes of violence and bloodshed but through the quiet desperation of those who have survived. -

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