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This Is War

This Is War
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Hannah Moscovitch
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 146
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 1770911650
ISBN-13: 9781770911659
Cast Size: 1 woman, 3 men

About the Play:

Winner Of 2014 Trillium Book Award
Winner Of 2013 Toronto Theatre Critics' Award For Best Canadian Play

This Is War is a full-length a drama by Hannah Moscovitch. On the battlefield you're part of a military machine yet you remain a person. What happens to the individual soldier in war – specifically four Canadians in Afghanistan – how he or she navigates the moral quandary of killing others and the consequences for the soldier. An insightful and emotional look into the embittered psyche of soldiers in the aftermath of combat.

This Is War is a sobering, fictionalized version of an actual incident involving Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. Master Corporal Tanya Young, Captain Stephen Hughes, Private Jonny Henderson, and Sergeant Chris Anders have lived through an atrocity while holding one of the most volatile regions in Afghanistan. As each of them is interviewed by an unseen broadcasting organization, they recount their version of events leading up to the horrific incident with painful, relenting replies. Four different perspectives draw the audience into the soldier’s reality, where the split second in which the decision is made to shoot or not shoot is the very essence of war. What is the aftermath of that kind of experience, and how do soldiers get through it to continue doing their job? These are questions that deserve examination, but don’t often get discussed.

This Is War premiered in 2013 at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space in Toronto, Ontario. The play the Toronto Critic's Award for Best New Canadian Play and toured to Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange.

Cast: 1 woman, 3 men

What people say:

"...a lacerating look at the psychological toll of combat." — The Globe and Mail

"...this is a powerful play that brings to life the effects on the individual soldier both of combat and the necessity of making split-second decisions." — North Country Public Radio

"...a fine piece of writing and notable for its clear-eyes look at the realities of modern military service...." — The Globe and Mail

"…brilliantly constructed, morally complex…." — National Post

"Raw, breathtaking experience.…the true essence of war…." — The Arts Scene (Toronto)

About the Playwright:

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright. Her plays have been produced in Australia, Japan, Greece, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Britain and the United States, as well as across Canada. She has written for TV and radio, and was a contributing writer to the CBC hit radio drama series Afghanada for five years. She has won multiple awards for her work, was the first Canadian woman and Canadian playwright to win the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University and the first playwright to ever win the Trillium Book Award. She has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide.

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