This Is War

by  Hannah Moscovitch

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m, 1f

"..a lacerating look at the psychological toll of combat." - The Globe and Mail

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Master Corporal Tanya Young, Sergeant Stephen Hughes, Private Jonny Henderson, and Sergeant Chris Anders have lived through an atrocity while holding one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. As each of them is interviewed by an unseen broadcasting organization, they recount their version of events leading up to the horrific incident with painful, relenting replies. What begins to form is a picture of the effects of guilt and the psychological toll of violence in a war where the enemy is sometimes indiscernible.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"..a lacerating look at the psychological toll of combat." - The Globe and Mail, Read More 

"...this is a powerful play that brings to life the effects on the individual soldier both of combat and the necessity of making split-second decisions." - North Country Public Radio, Read More 

"...a fine piece of writing and notable for its clear-eyes look at the realities of modern military service..." - Chicago Tribune, Read More

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  • Great Canadian Theatre Company trailer for This is War
  • Scene from This is War
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Afghanistan, 2007 - 2008.

Casting

3m, 1f
MASTER CORPORAL TANYA YOUNG - late 20s 
PRIVATE JONNY HENDERSON - 20
SERGEANT STEPHEN HUGHES - early to mid 30s 
SERGEANT CHRIS ANDERS - early to mid 30s 
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Authors

Hannah Moscovitch

Hannah's writing for the stage includesEssay,The Russian Play,East of Berlin,The Mill Part II: The Huron Bride,The Children's Republic,Little One, andIn This World (for young audiences). Hannah's plays have been produced across the country, including at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where she is currently playwright- ...

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This is War premiered at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, ON in December 2012 under the direction of Richard Rose.

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