Women and War (One-Act)

by  Jack Hilton Cunningham

Short Play, Drama  /  5m, 8f

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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Women and War (One-Act)

by  Jack Hilton Cunningham

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 8f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

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

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Keywords

Death, Love, Memory, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Scenic elements optional and can suggest war themes as interpreted by the producer/director.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 8f

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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Cast 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.

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Authors

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,

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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.

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