Wanda Graham got in touch with me through our comments on Homecoming Vets, and I want to thank her for telling us about this incredible theatre project being produced in Halifax from June 12 – 16, 2013. First, an explanation as it appears on the HEAT Theatre’s website. BONNIE
ABOUT THE PLAY
Introducing: Kill Zone a love story
We ask them to serve their country and the values that define Canada.
We ask them to leave the safety of their homes to bring peace and stability to some of the world’s most oppressed and oppressive places. And they go…willingly, with pride and conviction: the men and women of the Canadian Forces.
Thankfully, most return to resume their lives.
Tragically, others come back in body but broken in spirit. For these veterans, the trauma of conflict remains irrevocably etched on their troubled souls and damaged psyches.
That unhealed wound is PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Misunderstood, often misdiagnosed, PTSD is all but invisible – except to those who live it and live with it every day. Unforgiving and unrelenting, the disorder destroys minds, personalities, families and yes, lives.
That’s no way to say “thanks.”
Kill Zone a love story was written with one purpose: to give a face to these forgotten men and women. To give a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves. To lift the veil of shame that still defines PTSD.
Kill Zone a love story represents more than simply two hours on stage. It’s an opportunity to begin opening minds and challenging the way we think about PTSD – and those men and women caught in its lonely, black grip.
At HEAT, we believe in theatre that makes a difference. With Kill Zone, we have a chance to do just that.
And we’d like you to join us. Help us start the conversation.
Kill Zone a love story will run at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax from June 12 – June 16, 2013
Previews: Wednesday, June 12 at 2 PM,
Opens: Wednesday June 12 at 8:00PM, with shows:
– Thursday 8 PM, Friday, 8 PM,
– Saturday 2:00 PM & 8 PM
– Sunday 2 PM & 8 PM.
History of the Play:
Kill Zone is Part Two of a trilogy written for stage. Part One, Brat, was produced by Neptune Theatre, Halifax, directed by Trisha Lamie, Set Design- Nigel Scott, The cast included Mary-colin Chisholm, Josh MacDonald, Gay Hauser, John Dartt, Linda Busby and Michelle MacIntyre.”
The creation of Kill Zone a love story was supported by the Canada Council of the Arts and the Nova Scotia Department Of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Kill Zone was presented in a 75-minute excerpt to the Popular Culture Association of America Conference, Combat Section, Boston, 2012 and chosen out of 600 submitted scripts for presentation at Women Playwrights International Conference, Stockholm 2012. http://wpic.riksteatern.se/files/2013/01/WPIC-the-final-report.pdf
About Wanda Graham – Artistic Director
Wanda Graham is an award-winning actress, director and writer. For five years, she was Artistic Director of Stage East Theatre in Halifax. She raised money for and produced 13 shows, including new large-cast plays, musicals and touring shows.
Kill Zone – A Love Story represents the second instalment of Graham`s military trilogy for theatre. The first, Brat, premiered at Neptune Theatre. Her other military-related art includes the documentary Military Wives: Shut out, shut up, shut down, which premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival and was subsequently shown on CTV regional and national networks. Her first screenplay Wall of Science won the Atlantic Film Festival`s $12,000 CBC-Linda Joy Prize, and her long-form documentaries Brats: Defying Gravity and Line of Fire: Canada`s Female Soldiers aired on CBC Radio.
Graham holds an MFA from York University. As an actor, she won the prestigious Chalmers Award from the Stratford Festival and was the first recipient of the province of Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award – Theatre. She was one of the first playwrights invited for residencies at the Stratford Festival, Neptune Theatre and Mulgrave Road Theatre.
Graham’s directing work for stage includes Live Bait Theatre, Sackville; Cité Live, Moncton; Stage East Theatre, Halifax and Dance Nova Scotia.
Graham is founder of Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.