Armstrong's War

By Colleen Murphy

Armstrong's War
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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 ... Read more


Overview

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.

Colleen Murphy

Born in Quebec and raised in Northern Ontario, Colleen Murphy won the 2016 and 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for her plays Pig Girl and The December Man (L’homme de décembre) respectively. Both plays were also awarded a Carol Bolt Award. Her other plays include The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, I Hope My Heart Burns First, Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, The Piper, and Beating Heart Cadaver, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is also a librettist and an award-winning filmmaker. She has been the writer-in-residence in six Canadian universities and playwright-in-residence at two Canadian theatres, as well as at Finborough Theatre in the UK. She lives in Toronto.

Reviews

"[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

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

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