The Tour….

Sponsored in part by Joe Battista, Artistic Director

13th Street Repertory Theatre

Where we are going...

“Vietnam…through my lens”

coming to your living room!


We are excited to announce that the television adaptation

of this acclaimed solo, stage show has arrived!


 Teaming up with Buffalo 8 Productions to distribute the film,

"Vietnam…through my lens" 

will be available December 9, 2022 on


and three AVOD (Ad supported Video On Demand) cable platforms:

Comcast, Cox and Charter.   


Want to see what others are saying about the production? 

Take a look at our Sizzle Reel!


Dennis A. Starr – Executive Producer

In collaboration with





Tony Ceglio – Executive Producer/Director

John Carboni – Executive Producer/Technical Engineer


“Vietnam…through my lens”

Filmed during the Pandemic, in July, 2020, this incredibly talented team

and their crew, worked with

Stu Richel and Linda S. Nelson to film

“Vietnam…through my lens” for television and other viewing platforms.

The film was shot at the Wall Street Theatre in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

The Emmy Award Winning Team

did a beautiful job filming this story. 

We are excited by the product that they have brought to life.

Addition of other platforms is likely in the future, but don’t wait… 

Please join us on December 9th!!!

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Stu with Camera Crew

Stu with Tony Ceglio, Director

We look forward to

a special performance at



Westchester County's longest running professional nonprofit theater!

3 Owens Road, North Salem, New York

in the Village of Croton Falls 

"COVID- Deferred Performance Date"

is pending and

will be announced here,

as soon as it is scheduled.

Where we have been...

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7 PM

Paramount Theatre, Middletown, New York


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Michael J Martin

Maria Bruni, Director
Office of Economic and Community Development, City of Middletown


Our Sponsors

Con Edison
Orange & Rockland,
Rockland Electric Company

Knights of Columbus, ​
Saint Titus Brandsma Council 16519,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
and The American Legion

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Sunday, May 29, 2022







So great to be back home in New York City!

"My husband (who is a Vietnam veteran) and

I just saw your show today.  It was fantastic -

thank you so much!  We are still talking about it,

and much of it resonated with my husband."  

      - Julie Geisler, Audience Member 

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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Don't miss this lively conversation between

Stu and the charming hosts Mark, Ashley and Jeff.

We're sure you'll agree with their comments...

From Jeff, "Stu is nothing if not authentic!"


And following Stu's performance of

"Remembering Memorial Day and Father Divine" (at 24:15),

from Ashley, "Powerful. So powerful. The word choices. Setting the tone.

Transformative and transporting.

Oh my gosh, such a magnetism about him."

Also from the viewers...

"Your interview on TAL was terrific.  I learned so many interesting things about your life. 

Your performance of the Memorial Day story was very moving." 

Jane House, actor, director and translator of Italian plays. 

 "I watched the TAL video yesterday. It was great. I liked the balanced view and lively banter."

Steve Taylor, actor and technical director. 

"Heard you on the Tango Alpha Lima Podcast. 

I was moved by your story. I enjoyed all you had to say. Thank you friend and Brother."

Wade Adair, Military Veterans Peer Service Coordinator for

the Texas Veterans Commission in Beaumont, TX. 


Please enjoy this

Special Zoom Performance

presented as part of

The Pandemic Players Series! 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Stu Richel performed a selection of scenes from

"Vietnam...through my lens"

highlighted by videos from the Touring Production

and moderated by Bram Lewis, Artistic Director

of The Schoolhouse Theater.

Westchester County's longest running

professional nonprofit theater!

Special Thanks to 

Steve Taylor, Technical Director.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2020

Judith Estrine, Artistic Director of

Prism Stage Company,

our "Virtual Presenter", welcomed

Stu Richel and Linda S. Nelson

for a conversation about

"Vietnam...through my lens". 

During this Zoom Presentation,

Stu performed three scenes from the show,

including one that goes to the very heart of Memorial Day.

Moments of reflection...and laughter.

If you missed this Zoom Presentation,

you can still catch the

Three Performed Scenes,

filmed by Zillah Glory, Prism's Chief Experience Officer,

“Click here!”

Here’s just a view of the dozens of comments
from the Zoom Audience:
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"Thanks for bringing some meaning back to

Memorial Day.  

Holidays tend to become generic these days,

and it’s nice to remember that

they have origins and purpose."

“Beautiful, Stu...                         

Again and again...

                              BRAVO! BRAVO!!!”

“Wonderful! Can't wait to see the entire show.”

“Thank you, Stu...and thanks for your words and heart”

“Thank you for sharing your gift with us, Stu.  A treasure today.”

“Sources of Inspiration”

by Rob Asaro

April 22, 2020

In April, Stu Richel received an email from Rob Asaro, a wonderful actor/writer/producer. 

Rob had just set up an online platform, “Sources of Inspiration” and 

he wanted to interview Stu about "Vietnam…through my lens"!


During the interview, Stu performed two scenes from the show.

You can check out the full interview or just the opening scene or the closing scene.

A wonderful chance to get a feel for the style and content of the show.


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Thursday, November 14th & Friday, November 15th, 2019


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In partnership with the
University of Utah Veterans Support Center
at the historic Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City
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Stu Richel in a very

moving performance of

"The Infantryman"

Photographs courtesy of

Inga Maurine Newton

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Monday, November 11, 2019

It was an honor to share a very special

Veterans Day Performance at the

City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium

in North Carolina

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Welcome to CoMMA's beautiful double-screen theatre!

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Mason Dixon V.F.W. Post 7234

Ocean View, Delaware


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It was an incredible experience to perform in

the shadow of

"The Wall That Heals",

the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Above - The beautiful

             VFW Canteen

Left - Stu Richel with 

         Commander Dean Levering

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Horrabin Theatre at Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois


They LOVED us in Illinois!

Don't take our word for it,



Saturday, April 14, 2018

New Jersey Society,

Sons of the American Revolution

 Luncheon Presentation

at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal

Princeton, New Jersey

Left - Stu Richel in the "Audience Welcome"

Above - Stu with Edward Glidden, Secretary of the New Jersey Society,
Sons of the American Revolution, and their Color Guard in uniform

Friday, February 16 through Sunday 18, 2018 at

Kayenta Arts Center, Ivins, Utah



Photographs courtesy of Michael Lee Stever

Jan Broberg, KAC Executive Director, with Touring Staff:

Linda S. Nelson, Amy Henault, Stu Richel and Michael Lee Stever


Vietnam...through my lens

was  performed on Sunday,

February 18, 2018, at the

Southern Utah Veterans Home as part of the Kayenta Arts Center Tour.

left to right:

Jan Broberg, KAC Executive Director,

Stu Richel, Actor/Playwright

Linda S. Nelson, Producer/Director

Post Show Talk Back at Kayenta Arts Center





Stu Richel, enjoying   the grounds of the Southern Utah Veterans Home, surrounded by the majestic red cliffs of Ivins, Utah

Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3 PM


Ocean County College

Toms River, New Jersey   


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Guild Hall, John Drew Theater Lab

158 Main Street

East Hampton, New York

Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2 PM

Fire Base Eagle

Inform - Educate - Honor

"Inspire and teach citizens through the veteran's story"

at the Historic Mishler Theatre

Altoona, Pennsylvania

                Fire Base Eagle Members (Back Row)                                                          Proceeds supported Fire Base Eagle, dedicated to building a sustainable,

                          Touring Team (Seated)                                                                             educational facility that honors the ground combat soldier in Vietnam.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Western Connecticut Military Officers Association

Norwalk Inn & Conference Center

Norwalk, Connecticut

Board Member, Al Smith, Captain, U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam,   

and Chapter President John F. Simonetti, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret),      

with Stu Richel

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Landings

a private community on Skidaway Island, outside of Savannah, Georgia

partial proceeds benefited the Landings Military Family Relief Fund

                     Stu Richel                                                                                                                    Dan Horan, Dot Colt, Stu Richel and

           Rehearsal at The Landings                                                                                                         Richard S. Colt, Major General,

                                                                                                                                                                       U. S. Army (Retired)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Special Labor Day Performance

Chenango River Theatre

Greene, New York

as part of the

“One Night Stands” Series


This performance inspired a standing ovation from the entire audience!


What the Past Presenters have said...

"You had me from the first word." 

Bob Fischer, Sons of the American Revolution, following a luncheon performance in Princeton, New Jersey

“I heard nothing but positive response.  People thanking me for having the show here. It was clear that a number of attendees were here because the subject was Vietnam and that they’d never been here before.” … “You guys were easy to work with.  Normally we’re working with the artist…often not really well-equipped to deal with the tech.  That was a breeze with you guys"

— Bill Lelbach

Artistic & Managing Director

Chenango River Theatre, Greene, New York

“The show was fabulous!  You (Stu) were superb. Amy (Stage Manager), you were such a pleasure to work with.  Thanks to all of you for a very lovely evening.  I'll remember it as one of the best experiences for our members.”

— Denise Joy

Club Operations and Event Coordinator

The Landings Club, Skidaway Island, Georgia

"The professionalism that all of you showed, makes this show unique in explaining history through one man's journey.  Stu's presentation was flawless, and I'm sure to the veterans in the audience, it brought back their own experiences.  You have painstakingly developed and brought to the stage something that many can't talk about as freely as Stu."

– George Montgomery, Founder, Fire Base Eagle


Friday, August 26, 2016

An Encore NYC Presentation - The Final Dress Rehearsal

13th Street Repertory Theatre

50 West 13th Street, Manhattan

And The Tour Began...


A Taste of the New York City Production

Vietnam…through my lens

premiered to rave reviews at

the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in

New York City in November of 2014.

"in his simple storytelling style, Stu can make the ordinary seem extraordinary and the everyday seem heroic. His words and pictures bring to life a palpable sense of what the country’s pulse was at the time of Vietnam."  - David Lally, NY Indie Theatre Now.

"I was thoroughly impressed with the production...

a first-rate job of performing and staging”

- Loretta Swit, Actor, Artist, Activist

"It is real, honest, moving and a particularly American work."

- Constance Rodgers, Front Row Center


“Complemented by Richel's own photographs of the era,

his lens puts a face on the American soldier,

while showcasing his skill in character acting.”

- Deborah Greenhut, Playwright/Princeton Research Forum.

"Director Linda S. Nelson's delicate and intimate treatment of veteran actor and true American Veteran Stu Richel will long be remembered!  Vietnam ... through my lens touches and jars the heart!"

- Grace Pettijohn,

Actor & President of Pettijohn Productions

"Richel has written and performs an absolutely engaging, realistic yet primarilylight-hearted, view of his participation in a war that tore not only Viet Nam, but this country, to shreds...(he) tells a great tale, no matter what your age."

- Karen D’Onofrio, OffBway Blog

Now you can bring this personal story of a combat journalist and photographer to your local venue!  Performed by the playwright himself, Stu Richel, Vietnam...through my lens is punctuated by projected video montages created for the New York production by film maker Michael Lee Stever.  This highly praised show can now be brought to your Performing Arts Center, Civic Center, Regional or Community Theatre, University or College!


Sometimes poignant, sometimes lighthearted, always thought provoking, this one-man play is not a tale of guts and glory.  Nor is it a political statement.  It is simply one guy’s journey, recounted with heart and humor.  The odd path by which Stu ended up in Vietnam, what he did over there, and the ways in which that service has colored his life back here in The States.  It is one soldier, sharing his memories, photos and reflections.  


The show has been a hit with young and old alike, and equally appealing to men and women.  Its pathos and balance have touched the anti-war hippie of the 60s, veterans and their families…and all sorts of people in between.  Folks have especially enjoyed the moments in which Stu interacts with the audience; after all, it is that kind of informal, living room conversation.


For more information regarding

Vietnam…through my lens,

including scheduling, availability, technical requirements 

and rates, please contact Linda, LSNelson Productions,


Special rates may be available for performances

benefiting veterans’ organizations.

Production Photographs by Michael Lee Stever.