Veterans delivered jaw-dropping art display to local gallery

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The ensemble cast concludes their moving performance. LR Buck Williams, Dex, Christopher Paul Meyer, Jesus Daniel Hernandez/Photo by Laura Plaia

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Four artists, three rooms, three paintings, one story equals an immersive and deeply moving encounter.

Friday evening, the Principles Gallery on King Street has been transformed into a live arts stage. wild wonder presented its very first touring show created by the non-profit theater company Veterans Repertory Theater (Veterinary representative). He gave audiences an unforgettable theatrical experience that featured powerful poetry readings, spoken word, operatic songs, and groundbreaking art. The Intertwined Yarn celebrated the veteran experience through the eyes of local veteran artists.

Meyer and Dex in the opening scene / photo by Laura Plaia

“What makes a veteran unique is not that they’re stronger, faster, prettier than anyone else, but we are,” joked the founder/director and military veteran. Christopher Paul Meyer as the audience burst into laughter, “It’s the high volume of significant emotional events in a compressed period of time relatively early in someone’s life. It’s drama, it’s understanding the human condition at the gut level and seeing the extremes of humanity. Maybe you’re not a talented artist, but you know it in your gut. It is experiential wisdom. Our job is to get it out of your belly in an artistic way. We are veterans here to help you out and give you a great night out,” Meyer said in his curtain speech.

He comes from three generations of theatrical artists and opened the evening’s performance with a brief pre-show speech introducing the audience to what they were about to encounter. After being a fledgling director of an off-Broadway comedy production that had a successful opening weekend, the following Tuesday “some a**holes flew planes into some buildings in my hometown where my theater was and that ended my career as a director so I fled theater and joined the army right after 9/11 left Afghanistan in October 2020 and left the army in February 2021”, Meyer said.

He is passionate in his creation of Savage Wonder Ground, which offers a multidimensional look at the emotions, struggles, triumphs, hopes and lives of veterans. The event immersed and seemingly mesmerized the public as they made their way through the two townhouses of the Principles Gallery.

Hernandez sings opera in moving performance / Photo by Laura Plaia

Stemming from the success of Wild Wonders Festival, Savage WonderGround was specifically designed to share a one-of-a-kind organic experience with audiences by showcasing local veteran artistic talent. Outstanding performances were given by Placido Domingo protege (and Iraq War veteran) Jesus Daniel Hernandezpoet and USMC veteran Dexwriter and former army infantryman William “Buck” Bolyardand military girl art invader girl.

Bolyard speaks with passion and emotion/photo by Laura Plaia

VetRep shares all profits equally with featured artists.

Although they usually perform at their home “The Parlour”, in Cornwall, New York, this was the first of many future ventures to hit the road, bringing this unique theatrical performance to different cities.

Considered the next step in the evolution of veteran art, the artistic troupe expressed their gratitude to the public. They repeatedly mentioned how honored and grateful they were to the audience for being able to share the performance.

“TO Veterinary representative Theatre, we are not here to help veterans. It’s not our job,” said Meyer. “We are veterans who are here to help the public. We have a lot to offer, and that’s what we want to weaponize, and the particular sandbag we’re trying to fill is your Friday night. This is where we want to have an impact.

This Veterans Day weekend, be sure to start following Veterinary representative on social networks – instagram and Facebook and support their artistic future efforts.

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