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War has become a part of the tapestry of America, affecting daily life in various ways since its inception. However, many of these stories are focused solely on the victor or on epic stories of men making sacrifices for their country. For the Honor and Glory explores the sacrifices women have made while being on the other side of these stories. Inspired by true events. We follow Miranda, an Irish immigrant during the height of Irish gang wars in New York, Ellie, the wife of a Tuskegee airmen, Lana, a Vietnamese warbride, and Tristan, who's fiance navigates military discrimination. Watch as their stories come together and show the beauty of how we're stronger together.
Red Moon Rising in the East by Dwayne Yancey of Roanoke, Virginia is the story of engineer Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, the father of the Russian space program during the height of the space race. He launched the first satellite, the first animal into space, the first satellite to the moon, the first man in space, the first woman in space, and many other space firsts long before the Americans. Korolev was first jailed under Stalin’s purges for his experiments, and then released when Stalin understood the need for a missile program. Korolev died tragically, in 1966, and the Soviet moon program died with him. This one-act, one-man show runs less than 90 minutes.
The Stronger by August Strindberg Two rival actresses, one happily(?) married with children, and other blissfully(?) independent, meet at a café to hash out their differences. Strindberg’s title prompts us to declare one the winner—the “stronger.” But what does it mean to be stronger in this fight? Is what they have to gain worth the battle? Can we even be sure that we are watching two different women? This Zoom-era interpretation of the 1889 one-act confronts issues of perception, power, and sexism.
From the Balcony Productions, in partnership with The Little Theatre of Norfolk, present a staged reading of A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing. In a pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva, two superpower arms negotiators, a Russian and a American, meet informally after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. The Russian, Botvinnik, a seasoned veteran who has mastered the Soviet hard line, is urbane and humorous, but profoundly cynical about what the current sessions can accomplish. His American counterpart, Honeyman, is new to the arms talks and a bit stuffy, but he's also feverishly idealistic about what can - and must - be achieved through perseverance and honest bargaining. They continue their informal meetings as the talks drag on and the seasons pass, and we become aware both of the deepening understanding between these two men and the profound frustration which they increasingly feel.