A Piece of My Heart

by  Shirley Lauro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 6f

"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

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A Piece of My Heart

by  Shirley Lauro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights

    Winner! The Kittredge Foundation Award

    Finalist! The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Reviews

REVIEWS

"There have been a number of plays dealing with Viet Nam, 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, rending dramatic experience." - The Courier-Journal

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1970s, 1960s, Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

1m, 6f

MARTHA
MARYJO
SISSY
WHITNEY
LEEAN
STEELE
THE AMERICAN MEN

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Cast 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)

Casting Notes

The male actor plays all the male roles in the play.

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Authors

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 Y ...

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Premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club

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