Milwaukee County War Memorial

Women in War Series Presents:
A Piece of My Heart Preview on April 12th

A Piece of My Heart

The War Memorial Center will host a preview of the award-winning play A Piece of My Heart. Part of the WMC Women in War Series, he play explores the Vietnam War from the vantage point of the women who served there. It is presented by Cooperative Performance in association with Milwaukee Women’s Post 448.

In addition to a preview of the play, the April 12 program at the War Memorial Center will include background on the play—including an overview of the Tet Offensive, which is the backdrop of the preview scene—and will be followed by a talkback with the director and actors.


Directed by Abigail Stein, A Piece of My Heart will premiere April 10 at the North Shore American Legion Post #331, 4121 N. Wilson Drive in Shorewood, WI.

About the Play

“There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam, but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro’s work.” — New York Times

Shirley Lauro’s play (based on Keith Walker’s oral history of the same title) is a powerful, true drama of six women, most of them nurses, who felt it was their patriotic duty and honor to support the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War. A Piece of My Heart explores the lives of these women before their service and during the war, when it becomes apparent they are undertrained and completely unprepared for the atrocities of war. In the second act, we see each of them back home, struggling to come to terms with the war and its aftermath. The play closes as the women each leave a personal item at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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