Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tucson: UA's Gallagher Theater presents "Coming in Hot" - free performance tonight

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'Coming in Hot' comes to UA's Gallagher Theatre

Kore Press stages controversial play to commemorate Women's History Month

Posted Mar 9, 2010, 9:44 am

Wednesday night, the UA's Gallagher Theater will host a free performance of "Coming in Hot," a play adapted from women soldiers' memoirs and poems.

The play was adapted from Kore Press' 2009 book release, "Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq." These compelling, harrowing narratives of the female veterans' experiences become a series of monologues, performed by actor and activist Jeanmarie Simpson.

The adaptation, by Kore Press' founder and director Lisa Bowden, Kore fiction editor Shannon Cain and Simpson, has been staged in Tucson several times in previous months. This performance was arranged in partnership with various UA organizations in celebration of Women's History Month.

"Powder" is the first anthology of its kind, and has received international attention and accolades. Sara Corbett of the New York Times Magazine said of the volume: "Here is American military history as it hasn’t been glimpsed before – through the eyes of creative women who have served. Powder introduces a 360-degree view of war and the soldier’s society, and what it means to be female inside them."

"Coming in Hot" is performed with live music accompaniment by local musician Vicki Brown on viola. The play is directed by Bowden.

The monologues derived from the powerful poems and memoirs in "Powder" present the seldom-mentioned stories of women serving in the ranks of the U.S. military, in current and past conflicts.


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