LocalREADS, a Local Theater Company (LTC) partnership with Boulder Book Store, is a community-wide book group that provides an opportunity to hear authors read from books with themes that are complementary to LTC's world premiere productions. Participating in LocalREADS is easy: purchase a copy of the book at 15% off from Boulder Book Store (or nab it from one of our area public libraries), read it, and then join in on a free discussion with the book's author at the Dairy Arts Center. A performance of Paper Cut will follow our next LocalREADS event.

 David Wood

David Wood

Upcoming LocalREADS Event

“What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars” by David Wood
Saturday, November 3, 2018 | 3–5pm
Dairy Arts Center, Boulder, CO

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood, author of “What Have We Done,” will offer a free reading and discussion of his book. Wood’s appearance is in support of Local Theater Company’s fall production, Paper Cut, a world premiere play by Andrew Rosendorf that offers a glimpse into the emotional toll of war on our military.

Wood is a veteran war reporter, and a staff correspondent for the Huffington Post, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on severely wounded warriors. A birthright Quaker and raised as a pacifist, he has spent more than 30 years covering the U.S. military and conflicts around the world, most recently in extended deployments embedded with American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This event will be moderated by Mike Lamp, host of Morning Edition on Colorado Public Radio, and will feature the insights of Veterans Laila Ireland and Sarah Alder:

  • Veteran Laila Ireland is a retired Combat Medic who served for 12 years in the United States Army. She served two combat tours in Iraq and was honorably discharged and medically retired in 2015.

  • Sarah E. Alder joined the United States Army Reserves in 2000. In 2008, she left the Army of her own volition and not under the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) Policy. She continues to serve veterans through volunteer efforts for the LGBT Veterans Community through her leadership as current President of AVER-RMC.

  • Mike Lamp is the host of Morning Edition on Colorado Public Radio. He came to Colorado from Arizona Public Radio in 2000.


American Veterans for Equal Rights: Post-Show Talkback Panel

 October 28th at 5:45 PM

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Join representatives from Denver's chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights for a post-show discussion after the October 28th 4pm performance of Paper Cut. American Veterans for Equal Rights is a U.S. non-profit organization which supports and advocates for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Local Theater Company is honored to host a discussion panel of Denver AVER members for an honest, multifaceted conversation. 

Our panelists include:

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Sarah E. Alder

Sarah E. Alder joined the United States Army Reserves in Salt Lake City in 2000 as a Personnel Information Systems Management Specialist. She was mobilized for active duty service twice: Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) and Operation Enduring Freedom in February 2003-August 2004. In 2008, she left the Army of her own volition and not under the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) Policy. Her service is one of her proudest points in her life. She continues to serve veterans through volunteer efforts for the LGBT Veterans Community through her leadership as current President of AVER-RMC. In 2011, she graduated Cum Laude from The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in Professional and Technical Writing, a bachelor’s in Sociology, and a Certificate in the Sociology of Diversity. When not volunteering with AVER, she works full time at the Denver VA hospital in support of the Assistant Director. She lives in Denver with her fiancé, Joyce, daughter Lydia, and many animals. 


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Laila Ireland

Veteran Laila Ireland is a retired Combat Medic and served for 12 years in the United States Army. She served two combat tours in Iraq; she was honorably discharged and medically retired in 2015. Laila’s activism began in 2012 with the LGBT military advocacy organizations OutServe Trans and SPART*A. Through these groups she talks about the intersections of being transgender, female, and a person of color, while actively serving in the military.  In 2015 Laila and her then fiancé, SSgt Logan Ireland, courageously came out as transgender service members by sharing their story in the Emmy®-nominated New York Times short film "Transgender, at War and in Love.” The film highlights their struggles as a military couple who are both transgender as a way of advocating to change the policies banning their service. Today, Laila advocates for transgender equality by speaking in schools and businesses across our nation as the Membership Director to SPART*A Trans and as a board member for Point of Pride. Laila currently resides with her husband at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Dr. Shelby Scott

Dr. Shelby Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Denver VA and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has published extensively on LGBT family issues, including the development of culturally sensitive mental health interventions for LGBT families and clinical guidelines for practitioners working with same-sex couples. Her research and educational work have earned her awards such as the Association for Women in Psychology’s Lesbian Manuscript Award and the American Veterans for Equal Rights Presidential Coin. She currently serves as the Denver VA’s LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator where she is the point of contact for LGBT Veterans. She also provides VA staff trainings in LGBT Veteran issues and runs LGBT-specific Veteran support groups.

Emma Shinn

Emma Shinn is criminal defense attorney with The Shinn Law Office in Castle Rock, Colorado. Since retiring from active duty in the Marine Corps in 2014 with service as both an attorney and prior-enlisted infantry leader, she runs a successful practice representing service members, cadets, and civilians in military, state, and federal courts. Ms. Shinn is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Colorado Name Change Project, a nonprofit helping transgender Colorado residents legally change their name and correct their gender markers on state and federal identity documents, as well as service on several other nonprofit boards.

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Ben Wolfe

Ben Wolfe is a retired USAF Msgt who retired from the Air Force in 1982. He enlisted at the age of 18 years old and over the next 22 years was stationed at various bases in the US and several countries outside of America, including South Vietnam in 1968. During his military career he served as a Medic, a Combat Security Policeman, Military Training Instructor, and an Air Base Ground Defense instructor training newly assigned Air Base Defense trainees in combat tactics and weapons. Wolfe also served 12 years as a civilian police officer and later as a police chief. He volunteers with AVER to pay a debt towards those who are serving while worried about their careers.