Multimedia “Home” hits in Sept.

From August 10, 2010:

Springfield’s Renowned Author/Playwright, Thomas R. Jones, Hits Stage with Multimedia Play

Based on his book Lost Survivor (A Historical-Fiction Novel of a Black Soldier’s Journey to Vietnam and Back), Thomas Jones is premiering A Long Way Home, an original and creative multimedia stage play, at the Springfield Hoogland Center for the Arts in the LRS theatre. The show will run three consecutive nights from Friday, September 10, through Sunday, September 12, 2010. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. All seats are reserved. To order tickets, contact Hoogland Center Ticket Service at (217) 523-2787 or

Opening night will be a major gala starting with valet parking, red carpet entry, and photo sessions for sponsors, and cash bar services. Guests have four options for attending. 1. Play only: $20/person and $15/Veteran (with vet ID); 2. Pre Play Dinner Buffet at 5:30 p.m. (seating limited to first 100), Play, and After Play Party: $50; 3. Pre Dinner Buffet and Play: $35; or 4. Play and After Party: $29.

Dedicated to all Veterans, VFW Post 755 will “Post the Colors” before the start of the play on Friday and “Retrieve” them Sunday. The September 11 performance will feature a Memorial conducted by American Legion Post #32.

About A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home is a creative presentation of actors on stage within a multimedia (videos, pictures, and sounds) environment. It will be recorded by high definition cameras for television. All the production staff, cast, and technical support are local. Directed by Springfield’s Tony Young and with technical direction by David Cain, the audience is in for a theatrical experience unlike any other.

This stage adaptation of Thomas R. Jones’ historical fiction book Lost Survivor is a blend of Jones’ Vietnam personal experiences combined with people he knew. A Long Way Home is a powerful drama that pulls you into the conundrum of a young man facing war, and then facing the culture shock of returning home from the horrors of war. This gripping tale offers powerful insights into the clashing worlds of war and civilization, civilian and soldier, and their loved ones. And the immense struggle between identity and memory faced by all who have fought in any war. The play is dedicated to veterans, their families, and future veterans.

About Thomas R. Jones

Thomas Jones’ works include science fiction, historical fiction, stage plays, and poetry. Twenty years ago, his mind still hounded by his war experiences, he began writing Lost Survivor. Published and distributed nationally in September 2006 by Independent Publishers Group of Chicago, this book shows the human experience of war like Red Badge of Courage and All Quiet on the Western Front. The crux of Lost Survivor is, “What you lose to survive is what you need to live when you come back.”

Jones’ activities include the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, VFW Post 755, Rotary International, Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Central Illinois Film Commission. He also received the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award on September 26, 2008.

Rochelle Arjmand, Publicist
(217) 685-165
JPublications, Inc,
P.O. Box 7458, Springfield, IL 62791


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