Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Perspective: Iraq war vet works out anguish on the stage

Sean Huze wrote and produced last year's critically acclaimed "The Sand Storm: Stories from the Front". His new play, "The Dragon Slayer", about an Iraq veteran's struggle with PTSD will premiere this year.

The day I met with two Iraq war vets at a Hollywood theater was even bloodier than most in Iraq. Two car bombs at a market killed 88 Iraqis Monday and wounded 168. Between Friday and Monday, 30 American troops were also killed.

Sean Huze, a vet, actor and playwright, can't help himself. He keeps checking the Internet for the latest, and every time he does, he sees the troop casualty count rise.

"Twenty-seven over the weekend," said Huze, who lives in Valley Village and doesn't go long without a cigarette. "It was 13 dead and then 16. I woke up the next day and it was already up to 25. And Lindsay Lohan's first day in rehab was still the most viewed story on Yahoo news."

Read the rest at the LA Times