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Armstrong's War

Armstrong's War

By Colleen Murphy
Subjects: Death, Grief & Loss, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age - 15-18, Women Writers, Theatre of War, Community Theatre Picks, Ontario Playwrights
Casting: 1 f, 1 m
Duration: 90 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770912489, 144 pages, September 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770912502, 144 pages, September 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770912496, 144 pages, September 2014


After suffering an injury during a military tour of Afghanistan, Michael, a young soldier, is recovering in the rehabilitation wing of a hospital. The last thing he wants is to spend time with a twelve-year-old girl, but Halley, a spirited Pathfinder and self-described “reading fiend,” is eager to earn her community service badge. The pair is at odds from the start, but they find a shared interest in The Red Badge of Courage, the classic American Civil War novel, which spurs them to reveal their own stories. As their friendship grows, uncomfortable truths are exposed and questioned, redefining the meaning of courage and heroism.


"Framed in surprising plot reversals, a nuanced discussion of hope emerges. " —Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

"[Armstrong's War] sidesteps any obvious melodramatic moments with a quick joke or a surprising sharp turn and it provides warm and thoughtful moments. .." —David C. Jones, Charlebois Post

"A script built to last. " —Mark Leiren-Young, Vancouver Sun