This modern reinterpretation of Bertolt Brecht's influential wartime drama, Drums in the Night
, transposes the story from World War I to tell the contemporary tale of Kragler, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from an extreme case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after his experience as a prisoner of war. When Brecht originally wrote Drums in the Night
nearly a century ago he was a young man scarred by his experiences as a German medic in WWI. Director Sarah Wansley, in reinterpreting the tragically familiar story for a modern audience, has crafted a timely and powerful argument that addresses the deep-rooted problems facing soldiers returning home from war to countries that no longer feel like home at all.
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