In early 2004 I was enrolled in a playwriting directed study at The University of Kansas with Professor Paul Stephen Lim when I struck upon an idea to write a play that used overlapping timelines to tell the story of a man at three different, but equally important, points in his life. The central conflict of the play dealt with this man’s decision to join the military, go to war, and eventually his return to a civilian life he had left behind.article in Newsweek that resonated with me in ways that all the statistics had not.
I decided to write a play about a man named Josh. This character was amalgam of numerous real men and women whose stories were so similar and so heart wrenching that I felt compelled to find a way to showcase their struggles. I also felt that it was important to highlight the role that families play in the recovery process; I wanted to look at how we as a community should be supporting these men and women.
I chose to use the Army’s recruitment slogan as the title of my play because I felt there was a juxtaposition of intent and result in the practicalities of “An Army of One”. The Army recruited new soldiers on the notion that they would become a part of something greater than themselves… an army of one, a brotherhood, a unified singular body with one heart and one mind working together towards a greater good. The problem with this slogan is that many of the men and women coming back from Iraq were fighting a new battle on the home front. This battle went unseen but was no less real… they were living with the burden of their experiences in war.Theater Department, and English Alternative Theater. The production was a participating entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The script was entered in many national play writing competitions, and was a finalist for the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.
Contained in this album are pictures from the audition process, rehearsals, and production stills taken during the final dress. For more information on the production of this play, please feel free to check out the website that was developed exclusively for collecting information on this show back in 2005. Thanks for your interest!