Breaking Rank!

Breaking Rank! is a story about the sixties, not the sixties of flower power and love, but of struggle and fighting for rights.  It’s the story of  Howard Petrick’s involvement in the anti-Vietnam War movement, in the U.S. Army.

A reluctant draftee Pvt. Petrick is the model soldier, until the subject of  Vietnam comes up.  His friendship with Pvt. Billy Moen ignites an anti-war movement in the barracks.  In a Vietnam history class they create a problem for the instructor who suddenly sees Vietcong in his class room.  The war becomes the center of barracks life.

Petrick’s anti-war activities lead to a confrontation with the army brass and a threat of treason charges from the Pentagon.  Petrick refuses to back down. As the brass try to figure out what to do with Petrick, he takes every opportunity to speak out against the war.

Petrick brings twenty characters to life in this autobiographical solo performance.

Praise for Petrick’s Breaking Rank!

The Cincinnati League of Theatres award for
“OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE”
★★★★★ “Wonderfully smooth and totally engaging.” – Cincinnati Performing Arts Examiner
 ★★★★ “A fearlessly political play in the arena of free speech.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix
★★★★ “An intriguing authenticity.” – Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★ – “Fascinating…a satirical treat.” – CBC Manitoba
“Petrick delivers…he has you laughing through the  fear  – Uptown Winnipeg
“A smart and nuanced portrait” – Chicago Tribune

Written and performed by        Howard Petrick  

Howard Petrick has studied solo performance theater with David Ford,  James Donlon, Leonard Pitt and Ann Randolph. He has performed at FronteraFest, in Austin, Texas; The Marsh, Words First, City Solo, San Francisco Theater Festival, Solo Sundays, Tell it on Tuesday, Boulder, Chicago Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria Fringe Festival and the Fresno Rogue Festival.  In the fall of 2011 he had an eight week run at The Marsh Berkeley in Berkeley,California. Mr. Petrick has worked as a photographer and was represented for several years by Nancy Palmer Agency inNew York City.  He is an award winning documentary filmmaker and has a BA in Film from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Directed by                              Mark Kenward

Mark Kenward has written seven full-length one-man shows and performed them in over thirty cities throughout the US and Canada.  These shows include a critically acclaimed adaptation of MOBY-DICK, four autobiographical monologues, and a character piece commissioned by aCaliforniawinery to commemorate their 150th anniversary.  Mark has also directed a number of solo shows that have played to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences inSan Franciscoand at various North American festivals, including shows byAngela Neff, Howard Petrick, David Jacobson, Victoria Doggett, and David Kleinberg.  As an actor he recently starred in the world premiere of Ron Jones’ musical THE WAVE.  He is currently working on a book & multi-part monologue about his years growing up onNantucketIsland.  He holds an MA in Theatre/Performance from Northwestern University.

Developed with                        David Ford

Graphic Design                         Pat Korn/Kajun Design

Program Design                       Nora Danielson                                        

Photo Credit                              Larry Seigle/Militant


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