BACKGROUND This is the story of just one of more than 2.7 MILLION American men and women who went to war in Vietnam resulting in more than 58,000 of them killed many thousands more wounded and all of them forever changed by their experience. One young Marine, Ron Irwin spent 13 months in Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam. The experience was truly crazy [51-50] and it happened in The Republic of Vietnam.
One day Ron was walking down the street on which he lives in Burbank, California when he met a man by the name of Richard Perry and his brother Kyle. They began to chat and discovered many things about each other. Ron was a Vietnam veteran and so was Richard and Kyle's father. Ron had already written a book about his wild and crazy life including his 13 months in Vietnam. Ron thought that with some adjustments his book could become either a great moive or maybe a TV series. Richard agreed and as it turned out Richard was also an award winning screenwriter.
They began collaborating on "Boketto-san in Love" a movie and their work continues. But as Richard and Ron continued to work on that project it became very evident to both of them that Ron's 13 months in Vietnam could be developed into one of the most powerful stage plays of our time. Ron feels a strong need to present his vision of a terrible war and hopes that by doing so he may inspire millions of others touched by the Vietnam war to began to share their stories as well, for each man and woman who was there has their own unique view of the experience. Here then is a condensed look at where 51-50 is heading.