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‘A Piece of My Heart’ play dates, times and tickets


Play:  A Piece of My Heart

Playwright:  Shirley Lauro

Genre:  Drama

Synopsis:  The play tells the powerful true-life story of six women who went to Vietnam – five medical nurses plus a country-western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. Each is revealed before, during, and after her stressful life in the ravaged, war-torn nation.  The play ends as each leaves a personal token at the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. This striking drama is a salute to the men and women who served our country during a tumultuous, deeply divisive period in American history.

Historical Note:  A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club and has enjoyed more than 800 productions, both in the United States and abroad. The play received the Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights and The Kittredge Foundation Award. It was also a Susan Blackburn Prize finalist as “Best English Language Play by a Woman.

What the Critics Said:

  • “…Shirley Lauro’s new play A PIECE OF MY HEART, is a catharsis as well as a coup de theatre…There have been a number of plays dealing with Vietnam…but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro’s work…(she) has turned first hand impressions into a disturbing drama that evokes empathy for survivors as victims.” The New York Times
  • “Vietnam drama sparks…Surprised audiences…brought them to tears with sobs filling the auditorium and a standing ovation at the finish…drawing on the experiences of women in the Vietman War, Shirley Lauro’s A PIECE OF MY HEART found solid dramatic context on the stage…” -Variety
  • “A PIECE OF MY HEART…takes up a subject largely missing from the reams of material written about Vietnam, namely the women sho served there…seamlessly interweaving the stories of the six principals…the play is exceedingly moving as the women gather at the memorial wall in Washington and experience a heart wrenching expiation—one that also affects those watching them from the audience…in not straining for a hit, the (theatre) may have produced one in A PIECE OF MY HEART.” The Wall Street Journal

The Director:  Gwen Salata

Assistant Director: Cassie Sampson

Stage Manager: Edye Button

Costumers: Laurie Strum

Cast: (in order of appearance)

  • Martha: Chantelle Bloise Elmahmoudi
  • Maryjo: Jocelyn Button
  • Sissy: Margaret Bowman
  • Whitney: Kieran Strosser
  • Leann: Cassie Sampson
  • Steele: Stephanie Sabelhaus
  • The American Men: Donald McKiernan and Owen Atkins

Play Dates and Times:

7:00 p.m. shows are

  • Thursday, November 11
  • Friday, November 12
  • Thursday, November 18
  • Friday, November 19
  • Saturday, November 20

3:00 p.m. matinees are

  • Saturday, November 13
  • Sunday, November 14
  • Saturday, November 20
  • Sunday, November 21

Running Time:  2 hrs. 30 minutes.

Tickets: $29 for adults; $27 for seniors (60 and over), $20 for students (with ID) and $10 for children under 10. Please call the box office at 239-772-5862 (Mon-Fri, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Location: The theater is located off of Cultural Park  Blvd. Next to the Cape Coral Art League and The Cape Coral Historical Society

Caveat:  This production contains adult themes and language. Some lighting is used in this show that may be disruptive to people who are sensitive to light.

COVID-19 precautions:  See theater’s website.

October 28, 2021.

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