ReEntry

Gritty City Rep probes into the aftereffects of military service.

In the Bay Area, the experience of serving in the military is not a topic that often makes its way into casual conversation. But the newest production by Gritty City Repertory (GCR), entitled ReEntry, aims to offer a nuanced characterization of the experience of returning to civilian life after having served. GCR is a youth theater company and nonprofit with a cast made up entirely of at-Oakland high school students. And it doesn’t skirt topics that are difficult to digest. Through a cast of varied characters, from the wounded soldier to the commanding officer, ReEntry bravely tackles experiences of trauma and post-trauma re-assimilation. And in doing so, it offers a thoughtful analog for wars happening in Oakland’s own neighborhoods. “Oakland is a beautiful, diverse, vibrant city with a high-crime rate,” said Lindsay Krumbein, GCR’s founder and executive director, in a statement about the show. “Young people of color are disproportionately impacted. All kinds of studies show that the rate of PTSD in inner-city residents is as high or higher than that of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan war veterans.” ReEntry opens at the Flight Deck (1540 Broadway, Oakland) on December 3 at 8 p.m. and will continue through December 12.

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