So Close to Home
Award-winning author Alison O’Leary presents the true story of men and women pitted against the sea during World War II―an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit that will challenge your knowledge of the war. In a program which can be specially tailored to students’ grade levels, the author brings So Close To Home, co-authored with YAMA artist, author and historian Michael Tougias, to life. Alison describes the challenging post-Depression years of the early 1940s when an average family with two working parents decided to move to South America for a job opportunity, only to be caught in the crosshairs of a German submarine during their return trip.
Audience Limit: 225
Curriculum Connection: World War II, Storytelling, Writing Process, Book Publication
Single Show: $550
Travel Fee: based upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
1 reserved parking space
Projector and screen (if needed, she will bring her own projector)
Laptop hook-ups for projector (she will bring her laptop)
1 bottle of water
Arrival time before performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 15 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Teachers should play an active role in ensuring appropriate audience behavior and are requested to sit with their classes. Teachers are further requested not to correct papers during the program. It is distracting to the performers and, we believe, gives students the wrong message about audience courtesy.