WWU’s ‘A Piece of My Heart’ Remembers Women in Vietnam War

William Woods University’s theatre department is traveling back to the days of the Vietnam War to present Shirley Lauro’s “A Piece of My Heart.”


The production will take place in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center April 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8 p.m. and April 24 at 2:30 p.m.


This powerful true drama is the story of six women—five nurses and a country western singer who was booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops overseas. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington D.C.


During the production, the theatre department will pay tribute to all veterans— especially the Vietnam veterans and particularly the women who served in a variety of ways.


The small cast consists of six women and one man, all William Woods students. They are: Kristin Bailey, Columbia, Mo., as Martha; Lindsey Arnold, Edmond, Okla., as Maryjo; Meghan Parks, Quincy, Ill., as Sissy; Jamie Heisler, Portland, Ore., as Whitney; Genevieve Jimenez, St. Peters, Mo., as Leeann; Lindz Pace, Rolla, Mo., as Steele, and Ryan Paul, Olathe, Kan., as The American Men.


Melissa Alpers-Springer, WWU adjunct speech and theatre professor, is guest director. Set and lighting design is by guest artist Dan Springer, and Jane Friedman is costume designer.


Tickets for “A Piece of My Heart” are $8.50 for adults and $6 for seniors and children (ages 5-12). Due to the intensity, dramatic content and some language this production is rated PG-13.


The box office opens April 11. For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. For more information, contact Joe Potter, WWU artistic director of theatre, at (573) 592-4281.