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 Posted: Sun Apr 22nd, 2007 10:04 pm
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For a season of war plays - whether about actual war, after effects of war, coming war - anything about war, what would you like to see?

And this could be war from any era. But leave Shakespeare and Greeks out of it.

Please list any one-acts or full lengths or musicals.

Also, any Iraq/Afghanistan/"War on Terror" plays anyone knows of? Comedy or tragedy or whatever.

I know a lot but to give a sample:

Bringing It All Back Home

Journey's End.

John Brown's body,

Streamers

How I got That story,

Oh, What a Lovely War

Voice of the Turtle

Sticks and Bones

The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel

Tracers

All My Sons

Mr. Roberts



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I believe there's a stage version of THE FOREVER WAR ... but that's all I got right now.

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Here are a few about Viet Nam:

M*A*S*H by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shrevelove

SPEED OF DARKNESS by Steve Tesich (really about the after-effects of war)

A PIECE OF MY HEART by Shirley Lauro

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Okay my lot. From the US there's David Rabe's Vietnam plays. Take your pick in the UK Tricycle Theatre has just premiered Called To Account an investigation into whether  or not Tony Blair could be indicted for leading the country into an ileagal war.

 Then try Behold the Sons of Ulster Marching to the Somme or Stephen Poliakoff's Clever Soldiers or Brian Friel's Freedom of the City  or Willis Hall's The Long and the Short and the Tall. So in that lot  you've got WW1, WW2 Ireland and  Iraq.

 Now  from my home country Australia we have a famous  play about  the impact of the changing generations and its view of the  wars in  The One Day of the Year and of course my latest epic The Girl I left behind Me.

 

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Hello In Media...

Are you actually planning to produce a group of plays?

If so, there's a new play, written by a young fellow named Jeff Messer in the North Carolina mountains - B.A. in theatre and a wonderful actor/director.

Name of the play is, "This War is Live" and follows an "imbedded reporter" as he tries to report the truth on the war in Iraq... powerful stuff.

If interested, write me at ratsss@juno.com

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nic and sam and katoagogo, dwolfman, everyone,

These are all good and it jogs my memory. I know several you mention. Thank you and keep them coming if you think of any more.

nic, was not the Australian "Breaker Morant" also a play before a movie? One of my absolute favorites of movies about war.

Sam,

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and of course there's Hare's STUFF HAPPENS about the current follies. And Canadian playwright Sandra Dempsey's ARMAGIDEON, a post-Apocolypse piece that's very powerful. 

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Okay. I'll toot my own bugle here. 

My short war play, TRUE BLUE is gaining productions around the U.S. The next production will be by Theatre for a New Millennium, May 3-4, at Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth, Ohio. 

TRUE BLUE is a fable of two soldiers guarding a neutral zone as a savage war swirls around them. In their cabin, set squarely on the border, Fred, from the earthy Green army and his friendly opposite, Blue Blood Jeffrey, have created their own little peaceful society of sorts. All will change with Jeffrey’s tour of duty ending today. Jeffrey’s relief at the prospect of going home and to his self-centered life of leisure is short-lived, when Fred turns the tables, forcing him to understand the world from a different point of view.

Here are links to a couple of reviews from previous productions: 

'Blitz' explores relationships from 3 angles | The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
 
Single Carrot Debuts with Winning Short Play Fest (baltimore.broadwayworld.com)
 
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Mary,

Best o'luck with your play... I'm envious.

Sam

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Awww, thanks Sam.

Wanna read TRUE BLUE?  It's nice and short --

20 pages.

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Sure, send it on - ratsss@juno.com , thanks for the opportunity.

Always pleased to read new stuff.  I can accept PDF or word... no Final Draft please.

Warning - if I ever get my theatre up and running, we may have regular short-play evenings and I may request permission to use it (be prepared to quote your royalty rates if I do.)

Sam

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A few more war-related plays:
*Death at Balibo (Maria Alice Casimero Blanco, Jose Monteiro, Graham Pitts). Australian play about East Timor. I don't know if copies are available.
*Translations (Brian Friel)
*Zoot Suit (Luis Valdez)
*Pentecost (David Edgar) (I think Edgar has a number of other war-related plays, but I'm not sure offhand.)

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Black Watch by Gregory Burke - coming to London soon.  Scottish troups in Iraq.  Really, really good. 

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Hi folks,

I know it's been a long time since this topic was used but Jeff Messer's play, "This War Is Live" will be produced in Charleston, SC in the Spring of 2008.  It's my opinion that it should have premiered in NYC or Washington DC.  This is a powerful condemnation on not only the war in Iraq but also the way politics have wormed their way into a position of controlling journalism here in the US.

For more info go to http://www.footlightplayers.net.

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Sam,

This is great news. There is a ray of hope.

It means there is at least one group of people at a theatre in this country who has any guts.

Ironically, it is in a RED STATE!!!!

Here is an op-ed piece from a soldier from today's NY Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/20/opinion/20bardenwerper.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

Keep us posted on how it goes and the reception with links of reviews.

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Hi!

  Does anyone remember Brendan Behan's The Hostage? It does say an awful lot about "public" participation in war and terrorism.  I would like to see it done with a set like a house of cards.  Also, Brecht has much to say about war, Brecht on Brecht anyone?

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Speaking of Brecht and war, we're mounting Mother Courage and Her Children come the spring season.  Needless to say I'm reasonably excited.

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Not sure how I missed this topic, but, for what it's worth at this late date, I've written two plays about reporters covering war: "Waiting on Sean Flynn" (Vietnam) and "Liberation" (Bosnia).  "Flynn" is going up next spring in Detroit (details to come).

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Our list of war plays must need The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks By Romulus Linney.  Very ouchy.  Very beautiful.  Mary Alice Mark

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Don't think the Breaker featured as a play pre the film certainly plenty of books and I interviewed an expert on his life who'd turned up the little known fact that he'd married and to an Australian Icon Daisy May Bates famous for her very early work among Australian aborigines. They still have a, was he wasn't, he guilty poll running at our national war memorial

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