The American Soldier at Red Hook’s Chocolate Factory

Douglas Taurel in The American Soldier

Douglas Taurel in The American Soldier

Want to do something meaningful and thought-provoking for Veterans’ Day? Check out actor/playwright Douglas Taurel’s one-man show The American Soldier, running the weekend for three performances at Arts at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook.

Based on actual soldier and family-member letters written from the American Revolution all the way through current-day Afghanistan, The American Soldier pays tribute to veterans and their families while examining the internal struggles that soldiers face when returning home from combat. It exposes their scars and spirits with both darkness and humor. The show has been nominated for an Amnesty International Award, given four stars at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and selected by the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to perform on January 22, 2017: two days after Inauguration Day.

The play is directed by Padraic Lillis and presented locally by Frank Marquette of Theatre on the Road and Richard Rizzo of Rhinebeck Readers’ Theatre. Performances of The American Soldier begin at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. Tickets cost $20 each, with a portion of the proceeds going to veterans’ community clinics in Dutchess and Ulster Counties. To order, call (845) 475-7973 or visit


Theatre on the Road at Arts at the Chocolate Factory is located at 54 Elizabeth Street in Red Hook. For more information about the production, visit