US children stage play on Iraq

Published: Saturday 04 July 2015

Reality bites: Wilton students A play on Iraq war by a few school children recently triggered a row in the us. 'Voices in Conflict', a 45-minute show by about 20 students from Connecticut's Wilton High School features a series of monologues on real-life narrations by soldiers. This included a letter from a 19-year old Wilton graduate who was killed in Iraq in last September. The narrations of the play, which had been assigned as part of an advanced drama class, were taken from books, blogs, documentaries and interviews on and by soldiers. However, their school principal cancelled the show in March this year, saying it will upset the military men's families.

But the students in the advanced theatre class got support from the public. They appeared on the media, including cnn and the National Public Radio. Theatre groups like the Dramatists Guild of America and veterans like Edward Albee supported them.

The team also got an invitation to perform at three prestigious New York theatres in June. "Most of us can vote in the next election," said Cameron Nadler, a team member. "If they don't think we're mature enough to do a play about Iraq, why should we vote?"

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