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Texas State brings Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato to stage

Date of release: 09/23/05

SAN MARCOS—The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Theatre and Dance presents the world premiere of Going After Cacciato, based upon Tim O’Brien’s National Book Award-winning novel.

Adapted by Romulus Linney in cooperation with O’Brien, performances will be Oct. 4, 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. on the main stage in the Theatre Center on campus. Linney and O’Brien will conduct a discussion session after the Oct. 6 performance.

Texas State University hosts the world premiere of Going After Cacciato, based upon Tim O�Brien�s National Book Award-winning novel. Photo by Don Anders.
Texas State University hosts the world premiere of Going After Cacciato, based upon Tim O�Brien�s National Book Award-winning novel. Photo by Don Anders.

Directed by Chuck Ney, the play follows the experiences of Paul Berlin, a U.S. soldier on guard duty in Vietnam who suddenly he finds himself chasing Cacciato, a young soldier who has decided to walk away from the war. While pursuing Cacciato, bits and pieces of a horrific experience start to haunt Berlin. Ultimately his dreams, as well as painful memories, begin to tear him apart as he struggles to find a safe place to survive.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students with a Texas State ID. Tickets can be purchased at the University Box Office in the Theatre Center, located at the corner of Moon Street and University Drive.

Media coverage of this project is invited. For further information, contact the Texas State Box Office at (512) 245-2204.

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Romulus Linney is the author of three novels and more than 40 plays. He has won two Obie Awards (for Sustained Achievement and for Tennessee), two National Theatre Critics Association Awards for Best New American Play produced outside New York (for Heathen Valley and for 2) and Time named Linney’s play Laughing Stock as one of the 10 Best Plays of 1984. Six of his works (Tennessee, F.M., The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks, Why The Lord Come to Sand Mountain, April Snow and Akhmatova) have appeared in the Best Short Plays Series. In addition to the plays mentioned above, Mr. Linney’s major works include The Sorrows of Frederick, Childe Byron, Holy Ghosts, Sand Mountain Matchmaking and the stage version of Ernest Gaines’s National Book Award winning novel A Lesson Before Dying.

Tim O'Brien has been hailed as “the best American writer of his generation” (San Francisco Chronicle). The author of eight books, O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato won the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979. The Things They Carried was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of l990, received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction, and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1993 the French edition of The Things They Carried received the prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. In the Lake of the Woods was named by Time magazine as the best novel of 1994. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times. His other books include If I Die in a Combat Zone, Northern Lights and The Nuclear Age. His most recent novels In The Lake of the Woods, Tomcat in Love and July, July were national bestsellers.

**To arrange an interview with Romulus Linney or Tim O’Brien, please contact John Fleming at (512) 245-3660 or email him at JF18@txstate.edu