Coleman fought under Patton in World War II and came home to Pennsylvania, where he went on to became a theater professor. In Odyssey’s End, the main character is named Jim Martin, who gets a hero’s welcome on his return, Stark Naked co-founder Phillip Lehl says. “He’s a hero who doesn’t feel he deserves to be a hero. It looks at post-traumatic stress disorder before it had a name. It is a semi-autobiographical work,” he says.
“We decided to do it because it is a play that was written by [Bill Coleman], Phillip’s mentor at Drake University. They have a long relationship. He saw it done at the university and wanted to remount it after it had a rewrite,” says Kim Tobin-Lehl, co-founder of Stark Naked.
Directed by Leslie Sinclair, the actors at the reading will be Phillip Lehl, Kim Tobin-Lehl, Joanna Hubbard, Matt Hune, James Belcher and Joe Kirkendahl.
7:30 p.m. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring. For information, call 832‑866‑6514 or visit starknakedtheatre.com. $5.
Mon., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., 2014