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Women and War (One-Act) - Short Play, Drama

Women and War (One-Act)

Jack Hilton Cunningham

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Short Play, Drama

5m, 8f

ISBN: 9780874408027

A short selection of fictional stories based on historical fact, told by generations of Americans impacted by conflict from The Great War to the War in Afghanistan.

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Description

Short Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - Scenic elements optional and can suggest war themes as interpreted by the producer/director.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Death, Love, Memory, War

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget

Weaving together key narratives from the popular title, Women and War, this one act collection is perfect for high school and college performances. Through correspondence and monologues, in the style of reader’s theater, Women and War: A One Act Play is a short selection of fictional stories based on historical fact, told by generations of Americans impacted by conflict from The Great War to the War in Afghanistan. From housewife to worker, young bride to nurse, mother to widow, and now, young woman to soldier, these are tales of sacrifice, love, determination and hope told by those who bravely persevere on the home front and on the battlefield.

REVIEWS

"Deeply touching and educational...this play is an emotional roller coaster. These accounts are moving...funny, exciting, humbling, and incredibly sad all at the same time." - Theatre Is Easy

 "Awe inspiring. Playwright Cunningham is a magician delivering the internal voices of multiple generations of women who've served as wives, nurses, sweethearts and officers spanning from WWI to Afghanistan. Women and War is essential theater. A moving and poignant scrapbook of the American war experience." - United Stages


RELATED ARTICLES ON BREAKING CHARACTER

WOMEN AND WAR: The Making of a Family Affair
by Heather E. Cunningham
December 3, 2014


Women and War was first produced as a full-length play by Retro Productions at the Spoon Theater in May of 2010. The performance was directed by Peter Zinn. This One-Act was developed with the theater department at Owensboro High School, Owensboro, Kentucky headed by Carolyn Greer and the Rose Curtain Players.
Characters

CASTING

5m, 8f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Casting for the numerous characters are at the discretion of the director/ producer. Double casting, depending on available actors, may be desired.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

BUDDY & HELEN – a couple in WWII
JACK & BETSY – a couple in the Vietnam War
JOHNNY & AGNES – a couple in the Korean Conflict War

In between the stories of these character’s, there are a number of monologues; they are:
DESERT STORM CAPTAIN (HANK)
DOUGHNUT GALS (2)
SPECIALIST 4TH CLASS DELANEY
VIETNAM MARINE
VIETNAM NURSE
WESTERN UNION GIRL

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Jack Hilton Cunningham

Jack Hilton Cunningham

Jack Hilton Cunningham is a playwright and an MFA graduate in Theatre Design from Brooklyn College in 1968. He has designed scenery and costumes for opera and theatre in educational, regional, and Off- as well as Off-Off Broadway in New York City. His first play, WOMEN and WAR, is the result of a project that he has worked on since 2006. The play was first presented by the Bleecker Street Theatre ... view full profile

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Reviews
Jeremy Sellman 11/21/2013 12:34 PM
A well-crafted play that brings to light a different view point on war and its affect on America.  At times the play's power is subtle, even surprising, as it teaches history and how the women deal with war over the past century.  The time changes and flexibility with the set / staging are quite appealing but do create some issues for the more casual theatre patron.

Great musical selections (suggestions) that help set and transition into new scenes are well thought out and meaningful.  This music aspect is one of the only negatives as acquiring the suggested music licenses / obtaining the rights have proven to be a pain.  It would be better if Samuel French could work this out for the directors / producers and present it as a package deal with music licenses pre-approved.  That idea and getting a receipt from Samuel French for the business department has been impossible.  Despite these issues, we feel it is worth the time and effort to produce the play.  

The variety of characters are interesting, entertaining, and developable.  There is room for all types / levels of actors in this ensemble cast; with roles that inexperienced actors can cut their teeth on.  The actors are having fun with the accents and learning about the different time periods.  Plus, it has been a great eye opener to the real world and the more authentic definitions of  freedom and patriotism.   Some monologues require a quality actress with superb attention to detail to pull for the many emotional and technical changes - but that is what makes this play so fantastic.  
Carolyn Greer 11/26/2012 4:49 PM
As the director who was fortunate enough to work with Jack Hilton Cunningham on this one-act version, I can tell you honestly, that is is a piece that speaks volumes in a short period of time.  An outstanding competition piece for high school!  Don't be afraid to try new things with this piece!  The possibilities for staging and creating are endless!

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