Military FREE for A Piece of My Heart

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Military FREE for A Piece of My Heart

CoSA/CHS Play Gives Voice to Vietnam’s Female Vets, Opening Feb. 19

With support from Naval Base Coronado staff, play promotes understanding of women who served in Vietnam


(Coronado, CA) Their stories are unknown to most of us. But alongside 2.7 million American men who fought in the Vietnam War, were 15,000 American women – mostly military nurses and WACS, as well as Red Cross and USO volunteers – who served as well. Seven Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) and Coronado High School students will bring the female veterans’ stories to the stage in Shirley Lauro’s acclaimed drama, “A Piece of My Heart,” Feb. 19 through Feb. 28. CoSA will present “the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” according to the Vietnam Veterans Association, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave, 92118. For mature audiences only (strong PG-13). Tickets can be purchased at or at the Box Office 30 minutes before show time.

            The award-winning play, which The New York Times says delivers a “direct emotional impact” beyond that of any other play about Vietnam, has inspired a special visit on March 3 at Naval Base Coronado in which the cast and crew will hear from female combat veterans from both the Vietnam conflict and the war in Afghanistan. “There is so much about the military experience civilians don’t appreciate, and so much about a woman’s experience of war that is profound and yet, largely unknown,” says Kimberly Strassburger, who directs the production. Captain Scott Muvehill, USN, the Executive Officer of Naval Base Coronado and Sandy DeMunnik, the Base’s Public Relations Officer, have arranged the March 3 field trip which will include tours of Naval Base Coronado, a visit to the Vietnam Memorial on Coronado’s Amphibious Base, and a special lunch and discussion with women veterans.

“I’m grateful, too, to our principal Jenny Moore, CoSA Director Shane Schmeichel, and district superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Felix for championing this show for the learning opportunities it affords our students,” Strassburger says.  The vets in the play recall their wartime experience in a generally positive light, according to Publishers Weekly, but share testimonies of sexual harassment, rape, and traumatic combat-zone experiences.

The show will run Feb. 19, 26, 27 at 7 PM, and Feb. 21 and 28 at 2 PM matinees. Admission is free for Active Duty/Retired Military Personnel. Tickets are $19.98 Adults; $15.76 Senior (65+); $9.43 Students (non-CUSD and all College); $7.32 CUSD Students and Staff. There is a 10 percent discount for six or more tickets purchased online. Seating is by general admission. Reserved seating can be arranged for groups of 10 or more (Contact our Box Office at 619.522.4050, ext. 4).

Coronado School of the Arts is San Diego County’s premier public school arts conservatory, home to 200 scholar artists who attend nationally ranked Coronado High School. CoSA provides an intense, pre-professional arts education to students from Coronado and from all over San Diego, who are admitted after a rigorous and competitive audition/application process. CoSA Foundation, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, supports CoSA. For more information, contact Shane Schmeichel, CoSA Director, at (619) 522-4050 or visit

Photographs by Danielle Dudley       "A Piece of My Heart" by Shirley Lauro is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.