Women's Reflections on Iraq
Conceived by Kelly Flynn
Edited by Margaret O'Hora & Emily Brauer-Rogers
Directed by Emily Brauer-Rogers
November 10 - 19, 2006
Photos by Darcy Lythgoe
This show is a project that was conceived by members of
The Hunger Artists Theater Company. The Women and War project started in October 2005
because we weren't really aware of what was happening in Iraq as well as what was
happening to those who have close friends or family there.
Its weird to me to
think somebody that Ive known since Im fifteen years old and hes going
around the world shooting
trying to kill people.
In Iraq, there are signs everywhere not
only of holiday ingenuity, but also of people back home helping bring Christmas to us. At night,
there's a bunker here on the base that has what appears to be a small, colorfully lighted
Christmas tree perched on its uppermost point, but daylight reveals a triangle-shaped pile
of green sandbags.
WORLD PREMIERE OF
WORLD PREMIERE OF
by Jill Johnson
Directed by Emily Brauer Rogers
The Hunger Artists Theatre Companys 10th Anniversary Season continues with the world premiere of a compelling first person examination of the war in Iraq, Hard Core: Womens Reflections on Iraq, November 10-19, 2006. An experiment in ethnographic theater in the spirit of works by Anna Deavere Smith and Moisés Kaufmans Tectonic Theater Project, Hard Core explores the effects of the war on the lives of women affected by it -- mothers, wives, girlfriends, recruits and soldiers in their own words.
What was originally called The Women and War project started in October 2005 because we weren't too aware of what was happening in Iraq, as well as what was happening to those who have close friends or family there, Brauer Rogers explains. So, we sought out men and women from across the country who had untold stories, interviewed them, and have created a play based on those interviews. Our only motivation was to tell untold stories about Iraq; we have no political allegiance or agenda, though some of our interview subjects do.
The Hunger Artists began working on Hard Core: Womens Reflections on Iraq back in October 2005 with initial conceptual discussions and the development of a standard list of interview questions. The interview process began in February 2006. Through interviews, emails and blogs, the interviewers spoke to 20 people to get their stories of the effects of the Iraq War on their lives. Interview subjects included mothers, girlfriends, wives, recruits and soldiers from across the United States from Minnesota, Michigan, Texas, Oregon, New York, Arizona, and California. They represent a variety of political views as well as branches of the military.
Working on this project has made me realize how far-reaching the effects of war are, says Assistant Director Margaret OHora. They not only change those directly involved, but have consequences on their families and loved ones. There are sacrifices on multiple levels that often go unrecognized by the general public."
Performances of Hard Core: Womens Reflections on Iraq will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 7 pm. General admission tickets for Hard Core: Womens Reflections on Iraq are $15; senior and students (with valid ID) may purchase tickets for $12. There will be a special $5 Preview on Thursday, November 9 at 8 pm. To reserve tickets, please call 714.680.6803. Tickets may also be reserved online by emailing email@example.com