The Lafayette High School Theater Department will stage “A Piece of My Heart,” an award-winning drama that gives voice to the unsung heroines of the Vietnam War, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 through 6 in the LHS auditorium.
Written by Shirley Lauro, the play is based on an oral history by Keith Walker, “A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam,” in which 26 women who went to Southeast Asia as nurses, do-gooders, or entertainers recount their experiences. The play tells the real-life stories of six of those women — nurses, an entertainer, even an army intelligence officer. Using songs and melodies of the time, as well as the words of these women, the play chronicles the innocence of their hopes and dreams, the grim reality of war and the difficulties and challenges they faced coming home.
The play is far from being just another anti-war drama. It tells the untold story of these brave, overlooked young women, many of whom were wounded or killed in the war.
Lauro’s play was called “the nation’s most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War” by the VVA Veteran (the official voice of Vietnam Veterans of America); “heart-wrenching” by the Wall Street Journal; and “cathartic…rousing…skillfully dramatized” by the Christian Science Monitor.
Tickets are $8 for the general public, and free for veterans, reservists and active-duty military.
For information or to order tickets, call the Lafayette High School Drama Department at 565-4245.