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Original Play by Creighton Professor is an Intimate Look at War

Gone the Rainbow, Return the Dove, a personal look at war from the American Revolution to present-day Afghanistan, is an original play by Creighton University theatre faculty member Michael McCandless.

The play premieres at Creighton Feb. 8-11, at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., in the Studio Theatre of the Lied Education Center for the Arts located at 24th and Cass Streets.

Gone the Rainbow, Return the Dove is based on original letters and diaries written to and from battle zones dramatizing the lives of individuals from the American Revolution to present-day Afghanistan. The title is derived from an 18th century Irish song about a woman who laments her lover going off to war, and her fears of never seeing him again.

An interview with McCandless talking about the play can be seen at

The scenes are interwoven with tragic, poignant, intimate, and humorous portrayals of ordinary people caught up in armed human conflict. The letters, some authentic, some invented, are fragments of lives of a specific time. Interspersed throughout each era are dances and songs, which have become part of our association with a particular era and wartime life.

Ticket prices are $10 for general audience, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling (402) 280-1448 or online at:

The purpose of the play is to present war, not on a grand, historical scale, but from the intimate reflections of those entangled in the web of armed tragedy. The play honors the resiliency of the individual. It is neither an angry anti-war protest, nor does it present a message thick with blind patriotism.

With a cast of 16 college actors, the play covers 235 years of wartime America, with over 70 roles, and over 100 costume pieces.

The cast includes the following Creighton Students: Kathleen Franco, Michael Conroy, Shannon Lampkin, Austin Spillane, Elizabeth Dagle, Daniel Christensen, Emma Rasmussen, Josh Allen, Mary Kate Lentino, Matt Lincoln, Elizabeth Mark, Matthew Price, Alli Derr, Justin Edmonds, Brynn Martin and Abdullah Norain.

The play is written and directed: Michael McCandless.  Scene design by Jake McCoy,  costume design by Lindsay Pape and lighting design by Bill Van Deest

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