A Piece of My Heart is about twenty-six women who served in Vietnam as nurses, entertainers, intelligence, USO, Red Cross and other areas. They each tell their own story of where they were in their life prior to going to Vietnam and how they came to be there. They told of the experiences in Vietnam and the aftermath when they returned home. I lost count of how many times I cried because the stories are so emotional and moving.
As with all wars and conflicts, where we have troops fighting, there are medical personnel ready to care for the injured. I am sure you all remember the television show M*A*S*H which was set during the Korean War. Or some of you may remember China Beach, set during Vietnam. We don’t hear much about the nurses and the doctors, only about the conflicts and those fighting (unless I missed it on the news), yet their roles are not any less significant. At least to me.
I became fascinated with the lives of women in war, especially the nurses we hear so little about. This interest has been there for a very long time though, just sitting in the back of my brain waiting to be reignited and probably why I bought the book in the first place. I was hooked on China Beach which aired from 1988 – 1991 and I am pretty sure they have not shown reruns. I can’t even get a DVD set (I looked after reading A Piece of My Heart). But, what I did find was a script for A Piece of My Heart written by Shirley Lauro. The script is wonderful and I could see it play out in my mind as I read it.
Besides the normal fiction on my shelves and in my Kindle, I also read plays. Sometimes they grab me and I can’t wait to see it performed. A Piece of My Heart was like that and not only did I want to see it performed. I wanted to direct it. So, back in October I submitted this play to one of the local theaters. It is a winter playhouse and performed in the round. This is the very venue I pictured the production being performed. In December I learned that the play had been chosen and a year from now (yes a long time, I know), I will be directing A Piece of My Heart. I also just found out a high school will be performing it in February. As I haven’t seen it, I will be taking a three hour drive to see the production. I’ve never done that for a high school show ever. The only time I’ve ever driven three hours was to see a professional show in Chicago. But, I want to see A Piece of My Heart that badly.
also writing as Amy De Trempe