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Portland State veterans tell their stories on stage in “FUBAR Thank You for Your Service” May 16-17
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: May 8, 2017

"FUBAR: Thank You for Your Service,” an original production written and performed by military service veterans at Portland State University, will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16 and 17 at Portland State’s Lincoln Hall Studio Theater, Room 115.

The one-hour performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, contact the PSU Box Office at (503) 725-3307, or portlandstate.universitytickets.com

FUBAR was created from a series of essays written by a group of PSU veterans, who will perform the roles they wrote themselves. The essays were turned into a workable script and a theater production under the direction of Nathaniel Patterson, a Navy veteran and graduate (MA) of PSU’s theater department. 

FUBAR is a production of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) and the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at PSU. 

"I'm extremely proud of our student veterans that have humbly chosen to share their personal narratives theatrically,” said Felita Singleton, director of PSU’s Veteran Resource Center. “FUBAR promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking experience that will serve as yet another signature event that builds upon the rich history of PSU's veteran origins," added Singleton. 

Military veterans are a big part of Portland State’s history, and they continue to play an important role in the university’s identity. The university was founded in 1946 as the Vanport Extension Center to accommodate returning World War II veterans. Today, with an estimated 800 vets on campus, PSU has a higher number of veterans than any other Oregon university.