The true stories of six courageous women sent to Vietnam and their struggle to make sense of a war that irrevocably changed them and a nation that shunned them. A Piece of My Heart takes up a subject largely missing from the reams of material written about Vietnam, namely the women that served there – seamlessly interweaving the stories of the six principals. The play is exceedingly moving as the women gather at the memorial wall in Washington for a heart wrenching reaction – one that affects those watching from the audience.
The stories begin before deployment, follow the six women through their tours of duty, then show how the women attempt to find where they belong once they come home. The Play creates many special moments: an inexperienced nursing supervisor thrown into a mass casualty situation; an analyst whose report is ignored because she's a woman and not high enough on the chain of command; the woman who needs to "build a psychological wall" so the stresses of the job don't destroy her; and the momentary joys of drinking, smoking pot and attending a Bob Hope Christmas show. The postwar experiences echo the better-known problems of male veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder and lingering illness from exposure to Agent Orange.
A Piece of My Heart premiered in November of 1991 at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City. Since then over 2,000 productions have been performed around the world. Written by Shirley Lauro, a successful playwright who has been honored by The Guggenheim, NY Foundation of the Arts, Dramatists Guild, Theatre World Award and many other organizations over the past several decades.
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