Thursday, November 13, 2014

PCC Theatre Arts presents A PIECE OF MY HEART


From: Carol Carder []
Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 10:34 AM
Subject: Powerful Vietnam-era drama opens tonight: Pima Community College Center for the Arts


The shared memories and struggles of six women who served in the Vietnam War are portrayed in...

PCC Theatre Arts
Nov. 13 - 23
Thu.-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
ASL interpreters: Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
To request a reasonable accommodation contact (520) 206-6986.

Tickets start at $15

By Shirley Lauro and directed by Nancy Davis Booth. A compelling and intense portrayal of six women's thoughts, feelings and emotions before, during and after their tour in Vietnam. These women struggle to make sense of the war that forever changed them, and the nation that shunned them after they came home.

An open dialogue with cast and director follows every performance.

Many area veterans attended Tuesday night's special performance. The audience seemed deeply moved by the performance and afterwards stayed on to give heartfelt feedback and to commend the student cast on their remarkable grasp of the characters they portrayed.

West Campus president Dr. Lou Albert praised the cast for not only learning about the history and politics of those times, but, more importantly, about what happened emotionally and spiritually to the young people who served in Vietnam. "They were so deeply into their characters that it was hard to think of them as today's 20+ year olds."

Photos: Veteran Jason Stone and friend Cheryl Fiore stand in front of his photographs of the 1968 TET offensive displayed on the Black Box foyer wall.
- Alice O. Ritter and Cara Bissell, members of Veterans for Peace. Kara was in the army from 1970-1976, Alice was in the air force from 1964 until she retired in 1986.
- Army veterans Ella (1968-70) and Oscar Gomez (1969-1971). Oscar was stationed in Vietnam during the war.

 A free symposium for community veterans, Putting Our Veterans Front and Center, will be held to raise awareness of the issues facing returning veterans. Guest speakers will address issues such as PTSD, family stressors, and assimilation to civilian life. State and local authorities will answer questions regarding the Veterans Administration crisis. Sunday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Downtown Campus, Amethyst Room. For information:

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The Center for the Arts is located on the Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson, Arizona 85709. 520-206-6986


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