The Award-winning play is back!
A new production opens November 2, 2019 and runs weekends through December 8th.
This award-winning play, a tribute to Vietnam Veterans, tells true stories about the effects of the Vietnam War and the subsequent homecoming on veterans and their families.
The critically acclaimed play originally opened in June, 1991 at Playhouse West Acting School & Repertory Theater, and ran for 25 consecutive years to sold out audiences in Los Angeles before closing in the summer of 2016. Over the years the cast included many stars of film and TV, including James Franco, Ashley Judd, Mark Pellegrino, Jim Parrack, Cassidy Freeman, Shawnee Smith, Heather Morris, Michael Trevino, Nestor Carbonell, Jonathan Lipnicki, Charisma Carpenter, Jared Ward and others.
TONY SAVANT, the creator, co-writer, director, producer and 22-year Los Angeles cast member of Welcome Home, Soldier, directs and acts in this production. Savant directed a production in West Chester in the summer of 2014, and in Philadelphia in spring and summer of 2015. All performances sold out and received rave reviews from audiences, especially from veterans, who absolutely love this play! This is a must-see play for veterans and their families!
Jim Parrack, (Hoyt on HBO’s “True Blood”, also "The Deuce", feature films Fury, Battle Los Angeles, Suicide Squad), a long-time member of the L.A. cast, will be joining the cast for a few performances as his schedule allows.
The cast is comprised exclusively of members of Playhouse West-Philadelphia, the east coast branch of the school Mr. Savant founded in 2012.
“One of the year’s ten best”
VILLAGE VIEW, Tony Tran
“An emotional “Welcome” for ex-soldiers! Brings veterans to their feet!”
“Those who see ‘Welcome Home, Soldier’ will never forget it.”
“The play has a positive, feel-good, group therapy quality.”
“Outstanding acting!” You honored Vietnam Veterans everywhere.”
Paul “Buzz” Baviello, Vietnam Veteran and Author of CORPSMAN UP
“Over twenty years since I’ve been back from Vietnam and it wasn’t till I started coming to this play that I felt welcomed home.”
Clifford Oliver, VIETNAM VETERAN
“This play has been a blessing in my life. I’m a new man because of it.”
Glen King, VIETNAM VETERAN
“I’ve seen the play 23 times and I still react the same way.”
Jim Kinnon, VIETNAM VETERAN
“It’s a helluva healer.”
Ray Martinez, VIETNAM VETERAN
“After first seeing the play I felt that I truly had been welcomed home from Vietnam. I honestly feel that this play has done more for the veteran community than the Veterans Administration.”
John Pagel, VIETNAM VETERAN
“Thank you for giving me back my pride.”
John Allgood, VIETNAM VETERAN
“Not since ‘Waiting For Lefty’ have I seen theater with this kind of emotional kick to it.”
Sanford Meisner, legendary acting teacher and co-director of Clifford Odets’ classic play for the Group Theatre