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The latest work by award-winning playwright Richard Kalinoski will draw theater professionals from across the country to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

“My Soldiers,” which was given support by the Faculty Development Program, will be presented as a public staged reading at 8 p.m. March 16 in the Experimental Theatre in the Fredric March Theatre, 926 Woodland Ave. A donation of $1 per guest is requested.

“‘My Soldiers’ centers on Iraq War veteran Angi Busko, a medic who struggles to sustain her mental equilibrium after she returns from combat and reenters civilian life,” said Kalinoski, associate professor of theatre at the UW Oshkosh. “This play may interest the roughly 300 veterans who attend the University.”

The theatre department raised funds for the reading, which will feature Kate Cook, of the Tony-award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, as the lead role, and UW Oshkosh alumnus Ryan Schabach ’99, a member of the Actors’ Equity Association from Houston.

Mark Hallen, a director from the Philadelphia area, will direct an all-day rehearsal in advance of the reading. UW Oshkosh Dean of Letters and Science John Koker and theatre students also will have roles in the play.

The reading is sponsored by the UW Oshkosh Credit Union with support from the Theatre Arts Board, a student organization.

Kalinoski has been awarded Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowships on two occasions, including one in 2007 with an excerpt from his play “A Crooked Man.” His best-known play, “Beast on the Moon,” won France’s Moliere Prize and Argentina’s Ace Award for Best Play.

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