Soon to debut in Scotland, New York, and the U.N., Heroine is a play that "chronicles the true story of a U.S. army survivor of military sexual trauma."
The one-woman theatre piece was written and will be performed by British award-winning actress Mary Jane Wells, with collaboration from Scotland-based director Susan Worsfold.
Based on the true story of a female soldier and her experiences in the U.S. Army, this soldier is telling her story publicly for the first time.
"Heroine" is the title of a play I've written, based on the true story of a lesbian soldier in the US army: an outsider who wouldn't quit. A survivor of military sexual trauma, she served on the battlefield alongside the fellow soldier who was her assailant. They were two of the few to return home from that mission alive. "Heroine" is an eviscerating human story about one soldier's experiences, and what healing and forgiveness really mean.
With little access to the military justice system, victims of sexual crimes have less support than in the civilian world and sadly "rape has become shockingly endemic as a result."
Heroine has been awarded a Research and Development Award by Creative Scotland in association with Aberdeen Performing Arts, and will also be performing in Scotland throughout September and then in New York, pending funds.
Its my hope that the profoundly cathartic power of this story has been woven into the play in a way that is accessible and gripping for an audience, and asks questions about what it means to be a heroine, a coward, a victim, a survivor, and what forgiveness is.
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