Voices From the Long War at the Yale Cabaret

Former Marine Tom Burke (left) and Maher Mahmood, an Iraqi refugee, rehearse for the play Voices From the Long War at the Yale Cabaret building on the Yale campus.

It’s two weeks before opening night and the cast is rehearsing for already sold out performances in a building on the Yale campus in downtown New Haven, Conn. The play is called, Voices From the Long War. And its cast is as unlikely as one could imagine — veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and refugees from those countries.

They’re bringing their own personal experiences from during and after the war to life on the stage. They hope through these stories to dispel some misconceptions about who they are.

Kevin Hourigan is the director of Voices From the Long War and he’s asking cast members about their performances so far.