March 18, 2014
The Wilma Theater hosts a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel on its Avenue of the Arts stage through April 20. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
This spring, The Wilma Theater teams up with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel to premiere the soul-searching drama Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, beginning Wednesday, March 19.
A hometown tale, the play tells the tale of a U.S. marine who returns home only to learn his lover is missing. Setting off in search of his lost love, he embarks on a surrealistic journey through the streets and history of Philadelphia.
Vogel conducted extensive interviews and workshops with soldiers who fought in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for source material.
The play does not tell her sources’ specific stories, but it does incorporate the soldiers’ feelings and experiences in an attempt to capture what it’s like to return from battles.
The result is a moving drama that plays with time and space to convey feelings of dislocation and what’s it’s like to try and reclaim a former self that’s been irreparably altered by the ravages of war.
Tickets available online.
Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq
When: March 19-April 20
Where: The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
More info: www.ardentheatre.org/