Please note that this is all material I have gathered thus far. My next steps will be to continue gathering source material from interviews with Veterans of War, family and any unexpected roads I may be sent down.
In the above photos, I am very taken with the image in the upper left corner from riverbed theatre out of Taipei. I imagine the one dimensional head to work as a mask for the ensemble, much like what you see on your right with the different masks. The masks are inspired by Norman Rockwell's imagery of the American Dream.
The other images depict a mood, physicality, and a feeling relevant to the material. More photos to come.
"Maybe as I grew up and found the world wasn't the perfect place I had thought it to be, I unconsciously decided that if it wasn't an ideal world, it should be, and so painted only the ideal aspects of it."
The first scene I/We will be developing is inspired by the below upper left corner photo of the Thanksgiving gathering.
Below is supporting material of a story I told about my Dad who I discovered was a crossdresser when he was in a coma. I feel like there is a relationship between this, his childhood, his PTSD from serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War and his financial loss from the recent recession that retriggered his PTSD.
Even-though I shared this story with an audience, I respectfully ask for this video to not be listed on-line or distributed in any way. Only people given the password can view.