Outside the Wire is a play by Jimi Stanton for the main reason of saying thank you to his brother, Army SSG David Stanton. While loosely based off of David's experiences, the story jumps back and forth to the character "Mark Mercer" while in Iraq and 6 months later at home with his wife, "Michelle" and 4 year old daughter, "Haley".
It was originally produced by Cornerstone Performing Arts Center in Fitchburg, MA in November, 2010 before premiering at the Boston Center for the Arts in July, 2011. It was then produced independently by what is now A2B Films at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC in 2013. After the Boston run, Outside the Wire was nominated for an IRNE (Independent reviewers of New England) for "Best New Play".
What set Outside the Wire apart from other productions is that after each performance, the audience would get a chance to stand up during a Q&A talkback. Whether it was a story about their brother coming home, their daughter on deployment or themselves watching their lives on stage... Outside the Wire gave people the opportunity to share their own story and it truly became something special.
As a testament to the message in Outside the Wire, Jimi was awarded a special citation at a special Veteran's Day ceremony at the Massachusetts Statehouse for all of the awareness and help that Outside the Wire produced for soldiers and families.
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