Vietnam: Through My Lens

“Vietnam…through my lens” is written and performed by Stu Richel with photos from his tour in Vietnam. He takes us on a reflective journey through his time as a combat photographer through Vietnam and beyond. Presented Off-Broadway at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, this critically acclaimed production is now showing at our own Kayenta Center for the Arts as a special President’s Day tribute.

This is not a war story of blood and guyts, and it’s not a political statement. “Vietnam…through my lens” is one soldier’s intimately personal and unique tale about friendships, trust and tenacity that travels from the jungles of Southeast Asia to the jungle of Manhattan – highlighted with personal photographs and video montages from Mr. Richel’s tour in Vietnam.

“Complemented by Richel’s own photographs of the era, his lens puts a face on the American soldier while showcasing his skill in character acting,” said Deborah Greenhut, playwright for the Princeton Research Forum.

Richel has written and performed in many other solo shows including “The Same Cloud,” “The Bugs Don’t Call Me Ni***r” and “Mortal Decisions, a Diary of the Donner Party,” which was called “a true work of sublime genius” by the New York Observer. Richel has had principal roles in more than 17 feature films and dozens of regional and Off-Broadway shows in New York City. He served in the U.S. military from 1968 to 1970. In 1969, he was a combat correspondent with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.

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