Northeast Ohio natives’ unusal collaboration ‘Modern Warrior LIVE’ set for Playhouse Square

This one doesn’t sound like just another work of theater.

“Modern Warrior LIVE” — which will be performed Oct. 6 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland as part of the Tri-C Performing Arts Series presented Cuyahoga Community College — tells the story of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jaymes Poling, who served in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division, according to a news release from Tri-C, In the show, narration by Poling is accompanied by a musical score written and performed by jazz trumpeter Dominick Farinacci, the release states.

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U.S. Army veteran Jaymes Poling, center, and trumpet player Dominick Farinacci, second from left, have collaborated on “Modern Warrior LIVE.” (Hunter Prunty)

“‘Modern Warrior LIVE’ is provocative and powerful, whether you have a military connection or not,” Terri Pontremoli, director of Tri-C Performing Arts and Tri-C JazzFest, said in the release. “The message and artfulness of the delivery touches everyone.”

More from the release:

The dramatic narrative was created by Poling and Farinacci, Northeast Ohio natives who attended Tri-C. The show explores the psychological weights of war, the challenges of reintegration as a civilian and the potential for positive personal and communal growth.

The performance seeks to build bridges between veteran and civilian communities by educating, entertaining and inspiring. The focus on post-traumatic growth aims to destigmatize veterans through a deeper understanding of their experiences.

And more on its two key men:

Poling grew up in Warren and enlisted in the Army at age 17. He served eight years, including 36 months over three tours in Afghanistan. Poling now devotes himself to advocating for veterans.

Farinacci’s path to becoming an international recording artist began in his hometown of Solon and the classrooms of Tri-C. He has released multiple albums, toured the world and become a leading advocate for music education.

The release also notes the show will feature appearance by Vietnam War veteran and legendary Cleveland newsman Leon Bibb.

“Modern Warrior LIVE” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Ohio Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland. Advance tickets range from $25 to $30 and can be purchased through Playhouse Square’s website or by calling 216-241-6000. Prices increase to $30 to $35 at the theater on the night of the show, the release notes.


Mark Meszoros is planning a more in-depth look at this show in the coming days at News-Herald.com and MorningJournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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