By Robert Ward
Producer, Performing Arts Council
The Performing Arts Council will present Steve LaRocque and his one-man show, Byline: Ernie Pyle on Friday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. (Editorial note: the date of this performance was incorrectly listed in the Riderwood Reporter newspaper. It has been corrected in the online edition.) Steve will take the role of Ernie Pyle, presenting a show consisting of extracts from his wartime dispatches.
Ernie Pyle was a journalist and columnist before World War II, but when the United States entered the war, he became one of the first reporters embedded with the troops. His dispatches, published across the country in the Scripps-Howard chain of newspapers, gave the American public an intimate account of their young generation at war – ordinary adult citizens transformed to combatants in a time of urgent need, coping with the task set for them.
Steve LaRocque has been active as a performer, director, and playwright in the greater Washington, D.C., area since 1994. He has appeared as an actor in more than a dozen productions at Silver Spring Stage and has had 11 of his one-act plays produced there. He is also a charter member of the Quotidian Theatre Company of Bethesda and has appeared in more than 20 Quotidian productions. A retired Navy officer, he served 29 years on active duty.
Tickets for this performance will be sold for $5 at all clubhouses on Monday and Tuesday, October 14 and 15. (Editorial note: the dates of the sales were incorrectly listed in the Riderwood Reporter newspaper. They have been corrected in the online edition.) There will be only 10 tickets available for those with wheelchairs, and 35 for those with walkers, as well as tickets for those not needing those devices. Be sure to get there early to buy yours.