A Piece of My Heart
A Piece of My heart
Written by: P. shirley Lauro
Directed by: Hal Berry
This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Viet Nam five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington.
Performances held at the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park, 2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Special Recognition Nights are planed:
December 8th: Military Nurses Recognition Night
December 9th: Vietnam Veterans Recognition Night
December 15: Active Duty Military Service Recognition Night
December 16: Military Support Recognition Night
Recognition ceremonies will begin at 7:15pm fifteen minutes before the curtain at 7:30pm
The cast includes:
Carla Ba Nu as Steele, the career Army Sergeant
Erica Rothman as Whitney, the Vassar graduate who wanted to do her year of service before marriage
Lydia Real as Martha, raised in a military family and dreamed of becoming a military nurse since childhood
Carlene Coleman as Lee Ann, the Asian-American from New York City, who had marched against the war, joined to help the wounded and escape the prejudice of her homeland.
Laurissa Rudgars as Sissy, the American girl next door who, in the sixties was told by a high school counselor that, as a women, she had three choices--secretary, teacher or nurse. She went to Vietnam filled with the idealism of the American spirit.
Whitney Reade as Mary Jo, the young, talented signer from Texas, signed by a Hollywood agent to tour Vietnam for the USO
Taylor Bretschneider as the USO guitarist
Clayton Gage as an American soldier
Keven Kai as an American soldier
Jett Watson as an American soldier. The cast is so honored to have Jett in the play as he is on active duty with the United States Navy in San Diego, CA
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shirley Lauro’s The Radiant enjoyed its World Premiere in March, 2011, at New Theatre, Miami, starring Angelica Torn as Marie Curie. The play will mark its New York off-Broadway premiere in winter, 2013. All Through the Night enjoyed its World Premiere in Chicago, receiving a Jeff Nomination, as “Best New Play of the Year," with subsequent productions at Red Fern Theater (off-Broadway), The Living Theater and Infinite Variety Productions (NYC), ArtsWest (Seattle), and in Calgary, Arizona, and Georgia. Clarence Darrow's Last Trial had its World Premiere at New Theatre in Miami (Carbonell nomination, NEA Enhancement Grant, New American Play Prize honoree). Many of her plays have been published by Samuel French. Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women, co-edited by Ms. Lauro was a 2009 Honoree by the Coalition of Professional Women in Arts and Media. Ms. Lauro's best known work, A Piece of My Heart, with over 2,000 productions around the world, was named by Vietnam Vets of America, Inc.: “The most enduring play in the nation on Vietnam”. Other works include: Open Admissions (Broadway, Tony nomination, two Drama Desk nominations, Theatre World Award, Dramatists Guild's Hull-Warriner Award); The Contest (directed by Jerry Zaks, Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center, National Foundation for Jewish Culture Award); The Coal Diamond; Nothing Immediate (Winner, 4th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival); Railing it Uptown; Sunday Go to Meetin'; Pearls on the Moon (Stamford Theatre Works). Ms. Lauro’s novel, The Edge, published in the US and Great Britain, was a Literary Guild Choice. Major Fellowships: The Guggenheim, 3 NEA grants, NY Foundation for the Arts. Major Affiliations: a director of The Dramatists Guild Fund; Playwrights/irectors Unit, The Actors Studio; League of Professional Theatre Women/Y; Ensemble Studio Theatre; PEN; Writer’s Guild East; Author’s Guild.