Tango Mike is an original play based on the lives and stories of Willamette Valley veterans and their families suffering from the effects of PTSD. Set in Albany, Oregon on Memorial Day, Mike "Buddy" McIntyre and his family are celebrating the holiday with family and friends. Unexpectedly, Buddy's estranged father, Cooper, shows up. Buddy and his father have not talked for fifteen years. Both men grapple with their own battles with PTSD and how it has affected their relationship and their families.

Tango Mike is a community collaborative play about the lives and experiences of local Afghanistan/Iraq veterans of Linn County, Oregon and their families. We worked closely with local community partners and veterans’ support organizations: Vets Helping Vets, Love Our Vets, and Albany Counselors; and conducted numerous interviews and story-circles in order to develop an original script. The play explores a wide range of issues, including PTSD, faced by our local vets who have returned home from Afghanistan and Iraq.

This play was created through interviews and story circles with veterans and their families from Albany, Corvallis, Philomath, Lebanon, Salem and Sweet Home Oregon.  Thank you to all the veterans who participated in this project and thank you for your service to our country.

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Click to listen to an on-air interview with Dan Stone as he speaks about Tango Mike and the process by which it was created.


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