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Alum's Nebraska Dispatches

— by on September 29th, 2010

When Christopher Cartmill, Class of 1984, returned to Washington and Lee in the spring of 2009 as the Flournoy Playwright, he produced five plays in six weeks. Included in that lineup was The Nebraska Dispatches, a solo performance by Cartmill based on a research trip he had made to his home town, Lincoln, Neb. He had gone home to write a play about Chief Standing Bear. He wrote the play, “Home Land,” but also came away with the fascinating insights about going home that are the basis of The Nebraska Dispatches.

Now, The Nebraska Dispatches has just been published as a book by the University of Nebraska Press. It compiles Christopher’s dispatches from his journey, offering what the publisher calls a “snapshot of a New Yorker’s travels into the heartland, insights into a very personal journey, and glimpses into a history that critiques and continues the American story.”

Christopher majored in Chinese and East Asian Studies at W&L and then received an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Virginia. His credits are lengthy and impressive, and you can find them all on his website. You can also keep up with his work on his Facebook page.