Time: 7:30pm CST February 27
Location: Wartburg Theatre
The Carthage Theatre Department presents “Fighting for Home,” a verbatim theatre project by Professor Martin McClendon and directed by Instructor Marcella Kearns. Performances will be held Feb. 21-19 in Wartburg Theatre.
Carthage Theatre’s latest verbatim play examines the issues of women in the armed forces. Based on interviews with women specifically about issues related to being a female in the military in the last 30 years, “Fighting For Home” will highlight women’s struggles to protect their country from all enemies while they deal with rapidly-changing policies and deeply-entrenched beliefs within the military.
How do the stated military policies and declarations of support match up with the realities confronting women as they fight for their country and for a place within the military? We hear from the front lines of a battle to create a safe place — safe meaning free from fear of their fellow soldiers (harassment, assault); free of policies that don’t let them advance; free of stigma, stereotypes, of the “don’t ask/don’t tell” policies going back 30 years, but also of policies that have lifted women up; and of their triumphs and successes, either because of or in spite of, these issues. Hear stories of courage, hope, and struggle as the United States comes to grips with this vital issue facing us all.
Although women have served alongside men in our armed forces since the beginning of the republic, it was only in 1991 during the Gulf War that they were openly acknowledged to participate in combat zones. And it was only in 2017 that the first women participated in fully-integrated infantry combat training with the U.S. Army.
Women have a long history of serving in the military, but the changes of the last three decades have brought them into a new prominence and forced the nation to confront many of its beliefs and prejudices regarding women’s roles in the military and their rights and responsibilities in society at large.
“Fighting For Home” will present stories from the front lines of one of the most significant policy shifts of our time straight from the women who lived it.
The Wartburg Theatre is located inside the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.
Feb. 27-29 | 7:30 p.m.
Seniors (55+) $10
To purchase tickets, please visit www.carthage.edu/tickets 24/7 or call the Fine Arts Box Office 262-551-6661 Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. This play contains content that may not be suitable for children.
*Carthage students, faculty, and staff receive complimentary ticket(s) for this event. Please visit www.carthage.edu/fine-arts/box-office for ticket information and policies, or contact the Fine Arts Box Office with any additional questions. All complimentary ticket reservations must be redeemed in-person with a Carthage photo I.D. at the Box Office. Email or phone reservations will not be accepted.