The Lonely Soldier features seven women, ranging in age from 19 to 47, who vividly tell the real life stories of military women who served in Iraq. Their stories focus on the challenges they faced from warfare, discrimination, to their own consciences.
“Sometimes, the theater is about character development or entertainment. Sometimes, it transports us to imaginative places. “Lonely Soldiers” is a production about the urgent need to listen to women warriors whose scars remain open and whose battles continue long after their guns have been silenced.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
Journalist, author and playwright, Helen Benedict, based this The Lonely Soldier on interviews with female veterans for her book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women in Iraq. Benedict, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, has testified twice to Congress on behalf of women soldiers. Her work on women soldiers inspired a class action lawsuit in 2011 against the Pentagon and Defense Secretaries Rumsfeld and Gates on behalf of members of the military who were sexually assaulted while serving. Her work has also inspired several documentaries and many television programs and articles in the international press, including the Oscar-nominated 2012 film, The Invisible War, which galvanized legal changes in the treatment of sexual assault within the military, and is now mandatory viewing for many recruits.
The Lonely Soldier offers audiences an enlightening perspective of the Iraq War and the challenges faced by women in today’s military. This play will appeal to both veterans and non-veterans as the stories of the seven women featured in the play are human stories that are compelling and heart-breaking testaments to bravery and resilience.
“If war-story fatigue prevents some theatergoers from checking out “The Lonely Soldier Monologues (Women at War in Iraq),” that will be unfortunate, because this energetically acted example of journalism as theater explores some issues that deserve more attention.”
– The New York Times