REVIEW: The Journal of Military Experience: Military Experience and the Arts: Nov. 2013
ARTICLE: Arlington Connection Newspaper: May 19, 2013
An Uncommon View of Arlington's Hallowed Grounds, Where
Honoring Service, History, and Family Stories Blend.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY: MY FOREVER HOME
A one-woman show written and performed by Ellouise Schoettler
This story blends history and the every day at Arlington with my family story for an intimate, poignant, and sometimes humorous visit to our forever home.
Reviewers have said:
* "She closes a show ostensibly about death and loss on a note of life and hope."
DC Metro Theater Arts
* "The amazing aspect of this show it is deep;y personal yet sheds light on broader political and
cultural issues." DC Theater Scene
* "It's poignant and well, pretty darn perfect." DC Broadway World
* " Perhaps the best part of this shows Schoettler's style of presenting the material. She is seated
on a stool as if you were seated in her living room and the piece shows off her talents in putting
together an engaging monologue which is not easy to do." MD Theater Guide
From the storyteller:
My husband, Jim Schoettler, who served as a Flight Surgeon and Physician, USAF, was buried in Arlington August 1, 2012 with a full honors ceremony.
When I visit Jim I often find poignant, touching and even humorous stories of notables, families, and trusted caretakers, along with the reverent Old Guard and irreverent horses. Our forever neighborhood is rich in stories.
Makes sense to me to learn all I can about this historic, honored and sacred place before I move in.
2013: Arlington National Cemetery: My Forever Home was previewed at WIMSA, the memorial for women in military service to America, at Arlington
2013: DC Capital Fringe, Washington, DC
Maryland Institute, Baltimore, MD fin conjunction with an Arts and the Military exhibition, Occonee Library, Watkinsville, GA, International Storytelling Theater, Jonesborough, TN, Athenaeum, Alexandria,
Ellouise Schoettler is a professional storyteller who performs nationwide. She is known for creating stories that touch hearts and tickle funny-bones by blending personal experience, history and the every day into memorable stories audiences remember. For more info: ellouiseschoettler.com