Ladies and Gentleman: Rambo has been spotted… on a stage in Berkeley…

The Marsh Berkeley has announced that Howard Petrick’s RAMBO: The Missing Years, an account of the misadventures of a Vietnam-era draftee who “annoys” the military brass by asserting his right to organize his fellow GIs against the war, will hit the stage here next month.

You’ll be happy to know that Rambo maintains an unblemished military record, breaks no rules and continues to carry out his military duties.

The story begins as Petrick (aka ‘Hanoi Howie”) reports for the draft and refuses to fill out the forms, befuddling the army bureaucracy for the first of many times to come.

A twenty-year-old anti-war activist in 1966 when he was drafted into the Army, Pvt. Petrick was a model soldier except when the subject of Vietnam came up. At that point, he missed no opportunity to make his opinions known to his fellow GIs and anyone else who would listen. His activities helped ignite an antiwar movement in the barracks and led to a confrontation with the brass. Calls from the Pentagon! Threats of treason! By the time it was all over, Petrick, who never backed down, had become something of a celebrity. He even had a song written about him and was the subject of an article in the New York Times.

Howard Petrick has studied solo performance with David Ford, Ann Randolph, James Donlon, and Leonard Pitt. He has performed at FronteraFest, The Marsh, Words First, City Solo, San Francisco Theater Festival, Solo Sundays, Tell it on Tuesday, the Fresno Rogue Festival and Fringe Festivals in Boulder, Chicago, Winnipeg, Victoria and Vancouver. Petrick performed RAMBO: The Missing Years to a cheering and sold out Marsh Rising earlier this year. In a previous life, Petrick owned a well-known Noe Valley computer store. For more information, visit www.howardpetrick.com.

RAMBO: The Missing Years

Directed by Mark Kenward and developed with David Ford

Thursday and Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 8:30 pm from October 20 to December 10, 2011

The Cabaret at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, near Shattuck

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.