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A Piece of My Heart

Shirley Lauro

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573693335

"There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam, but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro's work.-The New York Times

"Brought [the audience] to tears...and a standing ovation."-Variety

"A riveting, …

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period, Docudrama/Historic

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1970s, 1960s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: 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 nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, and now has enjoyed over 1000 productions here and abroad. It has recently been named "The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation," by The Vietnam Vets Association.
Premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club
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1m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Author
Shirley Lauro

Shirley Lauro

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 ... view full profile

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Michael Streeter 07/06/2016 11:18
John Freeman 27/08/2014 07:53
Great work.  This is the second time I have directed it.  The actors and audience leave remembering everything about the story of these nurses and Vietnam.  Great characterizations!
Karissa Chouinard 23/07/2014 05:25
Used for a forensics competition. With this piece the student went to nationals and did very well. Great depth, complexity, and cohesiveness.

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