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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 17, 2004
CONTACT: Andrew Olson, (920) 493-3667

Original Work, Living Up To Memorial Day, Gives Honor to National Holiday

"The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country," General John A. Logan's General Order No. 11 created the national holiday known as Memorial Day.

Isadoora Theatre Company will present its annual program, respecting the holiday and it's meaning, Living Up to Memorial Day on May 28th at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. Show time is 7:30 PM.

Composed of war-letters, poems, music, and images, Living Up to Memorial Day brings life to memories of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and today's Iraq War. Sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, and friends present the many faces and effects of war: loneliness, love, joy, horror, compassion, tragedy, and even humor.

"Living Up to Memorial Day is about the trials and triumphs during times of war," said Ben Meyer, Isadoora's artistic director. "This production highlights the unsung war-time hero: the soldiers, the wives and girlfriends, the parents all trying to cope with the daily atrocities they faced. Whether you are for or against war, past and present, there is much to learn from those who have lived through them. That's why there'll be several veterans joining us on stage."

Door County veteran of the current Iraq war, PFC Aaron Baumann of A-46th Engineering Company, and SSG Lynn Zamora of the Iowa National Guard, also a veteran of the Iraq war, will be honored guests and participants in the program. The strong cast consists of many veterans including Marine Col. Otto Andreae (ret.), Col. Ben Logerquist (ret.), Lt. Col James Tyndall (ret.), among others. The Door Peninsula Detachment 1130 of the Marine Corp League will present and retire the colors with the national anthem and taps, respectively.

Living Up to Memorial Day will bring life to the memories of our nations heroes. The program is oriented for families and individuals who want to begin their Memorial Day weekend by respecting and remembering the roots of the national holiday.

Isadoora Theatre Company celebrates theatre through its basic elements of movement, music, story and thought. Isadoora Theatre seeks to educate the community by providing theatrical experiences of intellectual integrity. This mission is fulfilled by open self-examination and artistic risk. For more information about Isadoora Theatre Company, call 920.493.3667 or visit us at www.isadoora.com.

For tickets, contact Third Avenue Playhouse at 920-743-1760. For additional information about Living Up to Memorial Day, visit www.isadoora.com.
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