The Women's Studies Department of Central Lakes College will present "A Piece of My Heart," a professional staged production about women who served in Vietnam, at 2 and 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, in Bob Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
The live theatre performance is part of CLC's celebration of Women's History Month. Advance ticket sales are under way, and seating is limited to 125 for each performance. Admission is $5.
The performers in this drama about war experiences are members of Playing on Purpose Productions of Barrett, an award-winning, issue-oriented theatre troupe. In March of 1997, "A Piece of My Heart" earned Outstanding Ensemble at the Minnesota Association of Community Theatre's One Act Play Festival.
Who: Women's Studies Department of Central Lakes College
What: "A Piece of My Heart"
Where: Bob Dryden Theatre on the Brainerd campus
When: 7 p.m. Monday, March 20 Cost: $5
The play, written by Shirley Lauro, is directed and designed by Tim Ray. CLC technical theatre director Michael Harvey is facilitating the group's staging in Brainerd, and sociology instructor Vicky Knickerbocker arranged for the booking.
"This play is about the individual and collective war experiences of six brave women who served at the height of the Vietnam conflict," said Knickerbocker. The fast-paced drama sketches the before, during and after experiences of these distinctively different women who are thrown together in the emotional cauldron of Vietnam.
According to Bruce Branigan, a journalist for the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans' Quarterly, "A Piece of My Heart" sheds light on the underrepresented history of the women's experience in Vietnam. "It helps heal the wounds of veterans who served and it pulls people together in a tough, compassionate embrace."
The artistic staff of this theatrical ensemble has more than 35 years of stage experience in acting, directing, design, production and advocacy of rural arts development. They recently received an award from the Minnesota State Arts Board for their work on social-issue theatre.
"We expect this unique, educational experience will greatly broaden the student's knowledge and respect for women's military experiences and contributions," said Knickerbocker, noting that about 265,000 women served in the Vietnam conflict.
An art exhibit featuring photographs and biographical sketches of some of the women who served in Vietnam will be displayed outside the Dryden Theatre at CLC to further enrich one's understanding of these women's wartime contributions.
For tickets call Knickerbocker at 855-8082 or toll-free 1-800-933-0346, extension 8082.
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