The Elgin Theatre Company continues its 2017-2018 season with its production of A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro and suggested by the book by Keith Walker.
A Piece of My Heart is a collection of women’s experiences in the Vietnam War. It portrays a group of women, mainly nurses, and their stories that goes behind the scenes and shares their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The strong undercurrent flowing throughout the individual the stories is the devotion that they have for the fighting soldiers. The soldiers are front and center in the war effort and in the nurses’ consciousness—their comfort, their needs, their struggles, and pain. The play also successfully portrays the overwhelming “fish out of water” feeling that the women felt in Vietnam, the atrocious working conditions, and the constant struggle to provide compassionate treatment. The play focuses on the women’s stories, their individual journeys and discoveries, and their camaraderie while helping each other in dangerous, confusing and complicated situations, in a fighting zone.
"A Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro, has become the nation’s most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War." - The VVA Veteran
"...Shirley Lauro's new play A Piece of My Heart, is a catharsis as well as a coup de theatre...There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam...but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro's work...(she) has turned first hand impressions into a disturbing drama that evokes empathy for survivors as victims." - The New York Times
"Shirley Lauro's cathartic...rousing...skillfully dramatized...creating an exhilarating sense of reconciliation and triumph. Ms. Lauro was able to take disparate characters and create a complete narrative from their stories, no small task." - Christian Science Monitor
Performances of A Piece of My Heart will be held on February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18, 2018. All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., 8th Floor, Elgin, Il 60120. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m.
ASL performances on February 4, 11, and 17, 2018.
This production is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
A Piece of My Heart is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
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Angel Novie as Leeann
Kiara Wolfe as Sissy
Elizabeth Dawson as Whitney
Jamie McCalister as MaryJo
Libby Einterz as Martha
Marixa Ford as Steele
Mark Brewer as Man
Producer: Richard Grieger
Director: Madeline Franklin
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Faith Hollander