Gonzaga University senior theater students are producing and will present an original play about veterans and the difficulties they face as they move from combat to civilian life, titled “Corpsman Up!” in one show only at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 2 in Gonzaga’s Russell Theatre. The production, which stars Jeff Rosick and Chris Wheatley, is free and open to the public with a suggested $1 donation.
“Corpsman Up!” also is the cry a Marine hollers when desperate for emergency medical help. “Corpsman Up!” is a poignant production based on interviews with veterans. The play was written by Navy veteran Emily Burnett, who will walk across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree in theatre from Gonzaga on Sunday, May 11. The story goes beyond patriotism and is guaranteed to provoke discussion.
Lt. Col. Allen Patty, of Gonzaga’s military science department, said the production will be very meaningful for members of Gonzaga’s ROTC.
“It is in desperate times and in desperate conditions that you truly see the soul of a man; his passion, his commitment and his endurance,” Patty said. “It is at these times that those who seem so strong, so determined and so unstopable, find their vulnerability and frantically cry out for help. For U.S. Marines, that help comes in the expertise, compassion and brotherly love of the Navy Corpsman, the one who cares above the chaos, and the one who mourns those he could not save.”
Every year, Gonzaga’s graduating theater students are asked to create a play about an under-served community that focuses on its issues and renders service to them by providing them a voice on the stage. Come see the Gonzaga students’ production of “Corpsman Up!” It’s a great chance to pay homage to veterans.
For more information, contact Summer Berry at (509) 323-6552 or via e-mail at or call the Russell Theatre Box Office at (509) 323-6553.