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'Aching to Go Home' debuts at Epic Center

May 13, 2004

KALAMAZOO--"Aching to Go Home," a multimedia drama by Paul R. Solomon, debuts in Kalamazoo Thursday through Sunday, May 20-23, at the Epic Center Theatre.

Solomon is an associate professor in the School of Art at Western Michigan University. His script for "Aching to Go Home" is indebted to the discovery of an archive of letters written by his father, Emanuel Solomon, and by his father's lovers, friends and family during World War II. Additional research was undertaken by author Solomon while traveling and conducting interviews in Jerusalem, where Emanuel Solomon was born, as well as in Austria, Belgium, France and the United States.

In the summer of 1944, a young man named Emanuel Isaac Solomon embarked for "the other side of the world . . . to the world at war." "Aching to Go Home" tells the story of Solomon's defining experiences during World War II. His intertwined love affairs, friendships and relationships to family and religion are viewed through the veils of dementia brought on by Alzheimer's disease, which he suffered in later years.

"Aching to Go Home" is a collaborative work that utilizes all that theatre can summon, including live original music and video. The production challenges the audience with surreal shifts of time and space. "Aching to Go Home" contains adult material.

The show is directed by Doris Mirescu, with music by Michael Attias. A post-performance discussion with the creative team will follow the Saturday show. Visit "Aching to Go Home" on the Web at www.achingtogohome.org for the complete cast and crew and more information.

Performances of "Aching to Go Home" are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 20-22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23. All shows are in the Epic Center Theatre, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $8 for students, and are available through the Epic Center and through Miller Auditorium at (269) 387-2300 or www.millerauditorium.com.

"Aching to Go Home" was made possible in part by a grant from the WMU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, 269 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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