STATEMENT FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT
Quite simply, this play, STILL BEATING HEARTS, is meant to honor the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who have been wounded in this nation’s wars. It grew out of my work at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, during the Vietnam War, and volunteer work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Those experiences hit a nerve for me that would not let me rest unless I gave voice to what I saw. What is very clear is that the human impact and pain of war cuts across boundaries of place, time, and particular circumstance.

I have purposely avoided any political references, preferring instead to focus on the soldiers themselves. In writing this play, I sought to create a means by which the audience could form a relationship to the characters and through that come to understand the physical and emotional trauma each must confront. As one audience member said, “The next time I see a wounded veteran, I’m going to pay attention.” That sort of reaction is my goal.

I am continually humbled by the strength and endurance of these men and women.

Ann Stingle
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