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Remembering World War II draws us back to this era through oral histories; each story capturing a unique piece of the early 1940’s experience. Adam brings to life the stories of real men and women in their own words. This poignant collection has been warmly received as both a gripping history lesson and a tender trip down memory lane. He’s been a featured performer at Veterans Associations, Calvin College, and with the Bay View Historical Society of Northern Michigan. In 2003, while living in the nation’s capital, Adam created “Washington Talks!” a project at Round House Theatre that brought true stories of influential Washingtonians to the stage. The Washington Post wrote, “his audiences learned that even a place that famously lacks a distinctive identity is near to bursting with stories very much its own.” Although he set out looking for stories about Washington, he also found a remarkable collection of World War II narratives! Stories of heroes that had to be told.
In Remembering World War II, we meet Meyer Fishbein: a slacker engineer who dreamed big and made the army proud. Then there’s Evelyn Sholley—Mellema’s own grandmother—who found adventure AND a husband! Her narrative celebrates the role of women in the war effort and provides a unique look at the importance of connectedness with our own family history. And finally, there’s James A. Tinker. This special West Michigan gentleman shares his experiences while he ages on stage from 18 to 75. Mellema further draws the audience into the American experience with familiar tunes from the era. For those who were there, Remembering World War II is a bittersweet memorial and a living cultural text.
Intended for ages 12+.