War letters play returning to Los Angeles with Annette Bening

War letters play returning to Los Angeles with Annette Bening
The 90,000-plus wartime letters collected by Andrew Carroll as part of his Legacy Project will be kept and displayed at Chapman University under a donation to the university from Carroll. (McKenzi Taylor / Chapman University)

A play about letters sent by military personnel to loved ones back home is returning to Los Angeles with two readings at the Kirk Doulgas Theatre in Culver City on March 14 and 15. Annette Bening is set to participate in the March 15 reading while "Veep" actor Gary Cole is slated for both performances.

"If All the Sky Were Paper" by Andrew Carroll, was previously seen at the Douglas last year with a cast that included Cole, Laura Dern and Ken Howard. The play dramatizes actual letters written by military personnel that Carroll has collected over the years.

The actual collection of correspondences is housed at Chapman University in the Center for American War Letters. It spans American history, from the Revolutionary War to the war in Afghanistan, and includes letters and e-mails from members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Carroll's play has been performed throughout the country and is based on his books "War Letters" and "Behind the Lines."


The two performances at the Douglas are scheduled for March 14 at 7:30 p.m., and March 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Last year, Carroll told The Times that he has been amassing the letters for close to 15 years as part of an initiative to collect and preserve personal correspondences from active duty military personal, veterans and their families.

He estimated that the collection features about 90,000 pieces of personal war correspondence.

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