Highlighting shared human experience, resiliency and hope,
Modern Warrior LIVE is a theatrical performance about one veteran’s experience when returning to civilian life and his recovery from trauma. Narrated by co-creator Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, this autobiographical production details Poling’s time in the military and his subsequent transition back home.
Through a tapestry of Jaymes’s story, as well as performances led by Modern Warrior LIVE co-creator Dominick Farinacci along with a cast of world-class artists in multiple genres, the production shares a personal and emotional journey of the challenges of military service and the hurdles veterans face when transitioning back home. This performance leads to a heightened awareness of the psychological weight of war, as well as the challenges faced post war, and the potential for positive growth.
Modern Warrior Live is a thought-provoking and empowering production that brings together a compelling story of personal growth with dynamic musical performances. In just one year, the show has been presented over 40 times across theaters, mental health conferences, high schools, trauma centers and veteran organizations throughout the country. Modern Warrior LIVE has recently been featured on national broadcasts of Fox and Friends and NPR’s Here and Now.
THE MISSION OF MODERN WARRIOR LIVE is to build bridges between veteran and civilian communities through live performances, collaborative workshops, the sharing of veteran stories and discussions. Highlighting stories of post-traumatic growth, Modern Warrior LIVE works to destigmatize our veterans by focusing on the shared human experience, while providing hope and a deeper understanding across communities.
“One of the most moving, touching experiences regarding war that I’ve felt since returning from Vietnam 46 years ago!”
- Facebook post from an attendee
“Having lost my son to suicide, this performance brought me peace.”
- Instagram post from an attendee
“Modern Warrior reminds veterans they are not victims and can use their experiences to grow and make significant contributions to society.”
–Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (2001-2005)
Dominick Farinacci & Jaymes Poling