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Foreign to Myself

Works Blog

Foreign to Myself

Shannon Flaherty

“Then you get out of the military and you try to integrate back—you do integrate back into the civilian world, but you quickly realize that nobody else is thinking that way, nobody else is thinking that everything they do is for a team.” —Smith & True, 2014

Foreign to Myself Remount
January 12 - 14 and 19 - 21
UNO's Robert E. Nims Theatre
2000 Lakeshore Dr.
This was a free event!

Foreign to Myself initial run from May 18 - 21, 2017
at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St.).
All photos by Joshua Brasted.

Less than one half of one percent of U.S. citizens currently serve in the armed forces, creating a an experience gap between Veterans and civilians. Goat in the Road has spent the last two plus years connecting with military Veterans, families, and medical experts to build this fast-moving, darkly funny play about the daily life of the returning Vet. 

The 2017 ensemble: Leslie Boles Kraus*, William Bowling, Shannon Flaherty*, Denise Frazier, Darci Fulcher*, Jeremy Guyton, and Dylan Hunter*.

The 2018 ensemble included Grace Kennedy.

Sascha/Francine: Kylie Butler

Directed by: Chris Kaminstein*
Production Manager: Shannon Flaherty*
Stage Manager: Kit Sternberger*
Music Composition: Peter Bowling*
Sound Design/Projection Design: Kyle Sheehan*
Set Design: Nick Benacerraf
Props Design: Owen Ever*
Lighting Design: Joshua Courtney*
Costume Design: Kaci Thomassie*
Projection Engineer: Dan Pruksarnukul
Production Assistant: Alex Becker
Goat in the Road Intern: Melinda Allen

* indicates GRP company members

This multi-year project had three workshop phases: January 2015, May 2015, and May 2016, and was created in conjunction with key partners:

  • Gala True, PhD  
    • Dr. Gala True is a social scientist with over 15 years of experience conducting health services research with vulnerable populations.  Over the past 8 years, she has employed participatory action research methods to collaborate with Veterans and other key stakeholders on identifying barriers to post-deployment care and proposing solutions for improving community reintegration after separation from military service.
  • The NOLA Veterans Arts & Humanities Alliance
    • Created in the fall of 2016, the NOLA Veterans Arts & Humanities Alliance brings together veterans, health care providers, artists, and other community members who believe in the power of the arts and humanities to promote healing and mutual understanding, with the goal of creating more opportunities for art-making and dialogue involving veterans and the larger community in New Orleans.


Foreign to Myself 2017 was made possible by a Community Partnership Grant from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, a grant from the RosaMary Foundation, and support from the New Orleans Theatre Association. It is also supported by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, both administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. 

and a BIG THANK YOU to our Kickstarter donors who made Foreign to Myself possible!

Francesca McKenzie, Paul Werner, Andrew Larimer, Laurie McCants, Larry Comiskey, Michael Sternberger, Mary Rizzo, Eli Silverman, Sascha Stanton-Craven, Amy Sulzman, Thomas Bogan, Beau Bratcher, Alice Yorke, Drew Carrico, Joseph Furnari, Peter & Mary Barrett, Mark, The NOLA Project, John Boles, Evan Spigelman, Mark Routhier, Jana Napoli, Susan Bowling, Bob, Bajir Cannon, Benjamin Lenox Smith, Meryl Murman, Jake Bartush, Veronica Hunsinger-Loe, Boob Weisz, Jenny, Kerry Cahill, Emily Slazer, Patty & Tom Flaherty, Jonathan Greene, Jan Gilbert, Chris Carrington, Michele Lampach, Nicole Showman, Darci Fulcher, Helen Jacksch, Tara Marie Good, Joan Long, Matthew Schwarzfeld, Degan Leopold, Scott Sheppard, Jenn Kidwell, Phil Yiannopoulos, Kate Bailey, Casie Duplechain, Danielle, Lilly Small, Claire Duplantier, Amanda Chudnow, Tatiana Clay, Don Berg, Daniel & Jenny Kaminstein, Michelle Hamilton, Nick Shackleford, Rebecca Frank, Sherrine Azab, Angelle, Mark, Danya, Gary Saxvik, Scott King, Cara Zwerling, Ariadne Blayde, Nate Baumgart, Elizabeth Dowd, Andrew Vaught, Anne Wages, Daral Boles, Hugh Hunter, Rachel Stein, Kenneth Korman, Lindsay Docherty Rachlin, Dave Crowley, Suzy Myers, Caroline Gutterson, Ron Chapman, Lily Whitsitt, Dana & Maria Kaminstein, Lindsey Phillips, Nina Zeitlin, Nancy Sharon Collins, Columbine Goldsmith, Michael Gottwald, Joanna Russo, Keith Miller, Bear Hebert, Adam Falik, Monica R. Harris, Laura Boles, Leigh Harwood, Aurora Nealand, Ben Shesta, Nick Slie, Alan Hunter, Jen Davis, and Marie Lovejoy.