October 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents the powerful and true drama A Piece of My Heart
what: PCC theatre arts presents A Piece of My Heart
where: PCC Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709
when: November 13-23, Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m., ASL interpreters available Nov. 20.
general admission: Tickets are $15 with discounts available. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
• A free performance for community veterans of A Piece of My Heart on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited.
• An all-day symposium for veterans, Putting Our Veterans Front and Center, sponsored by Pima Community College, Sunday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
• A photographic display of an armed helicopter platoon during the TET offensive of 1968 by Jason Stone along with a playback of his documentary film “The Shadows of Men” in the Black Box foyer during the run of A Piece of My Heart.
Tucson, Arizona--Pima Community College Theatre Arts presents the shared memories and struggles of six women who served in the Vietnam War in the contemporary drama A Piece of My Heart, by Shirley Lauro and directed by Nancy Davis Booth. It has been named the most enduring theatrical production that deals with the Vietnam War by the Vietnam Veterans Association. The play has also won several awards including the Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights and the Kittredge Foundation Award.
A Piece of My Heart is the compelling and intense portrayal of six women’s thoughts, feelings and emotions before, during and after their tour in Vietnam. Through personal stories and shared memories, these women struggle to make sense of the war that forever changed them and the nation that shunned them after they came home. The story ends as each leave a personal token at the Vietnam Memorial.
Director Booth comments, “In the 1960's, enlisted military women were not supposed to be stationed in a war zone. Yet as many as 15,000 women, nurses, intelligence officers, USO entertainers and Red Cross workers served in harm's way in Vietnam during the war. A Piece of My Heart provides the community audience with a moving, appalling, frightening, redemptive and ultimately cathartic experience. In light of our nation's current involvement in conflicts all over the world and the increasing role that women play in combat, this production is a nod of acknowledgment and affirmation for their sacrifice and caring hearts.”
In conjunction with the production run of A Piece of My Heart two events are planned for our community veterans. A special free performance of the play is offered for veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited. For information contact the box office 206-6986. An all-day symposium for veterans, Putting Our Veterans Front and Center, sponsored by Pima Community College, is planned for Sunday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room. The symposium features a keynote speaker, several concurrent workshops, a panel discussion with Q&A, and veteran’s services resource representatives. For information contact email@example.com.
Also featured during the run of A Piece of My Heart is a photographic display of an armed helicopter platoon during the TET offensive of 1968, along with a playback of the documentary film “The Shadows of Men” in the Black Box foyer. Both the photos and the film are by Tucsonan Jason Stone who was an enlisted member of an Air Force air rescue unit during the Vietnam War.
To raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities faced by veterans, Pima Community College organized the Piece of My Heart Initiative: Two weeks of putting Veterans’ issues front and center through the arts. The PCC Foundation has set up a fund for A Piece of My Heart Initiative. Donations to this fund will support Veterans' services at Pima Community College. To donate go to www.pima.edu and click on the “give to Pima” link at the top of the page.
A photo call for the media is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre. Director Nancy Davis Booth is available for interviews: call 218-329-2979 (cell phone) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pima Community College Center for the Arts is located on West Campus at 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson (just west of downtown). For ticket information contact the box office at 206-6986 or email@example.com.
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