Theater of the First Amendment Presents ‘The Warrior’ at Capital Fringe Festival

Posted: July 14, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company of Mason’s Center for the Arts, will present “The Warrior” as part of the 2008 Washington, D.C., Capital Fringe Festival July 20 to July 27.

“The Warrior” was written by Jack Gilhooley, directed by Kevin Murray and stars Marietta Elaine Hedges with Mary Lechter.

The play will be presented at Flashpoint’s Mead Theatre, located at 916 G Street NW, Washington, D.C.

“The Warrior” is about a soldier, Tammy, who returns from her second tour of duty serving her country in Iraq. She has a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a broken marriage, and she faces the possibility of losing her daughter.

Her quasi-radical-feminist filmmaker friend from high school thinks she’d make a good documentary subject. “The Warrior” is a frank look at PTSD, the war they don’t show on TV, and one veteran’s options when little attention is paid to the battle scars that are invisible.

Presented in the twilight of the Bush administration, “The Warrior” tells a timely cautionary tale of war’s aftermath and its effects on our troops, long after “mission accomplished!” has been declared.

“The Warrior” features Marietta Elaine Hedges as Tammy. Hedges has worked as an actor in theater, film and television in London, New York, San Francisco and the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area.

Also featured is Mary Lechter as filmmaker Giselle. Mary has performed regularly on D.C. professional stages, in film and television roles, and on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” She most recently portrayed Barbara Hoyle in Theater of the First Amendment’s “Three Hotels.”

Gilhooley’s one-woman play, “The Warrior,” was first presented in workshop at the Culture Project in New York City as part of their antiwar Impact Festival in Sept. 2006. It was chosen from 500 entries and later went to Florida’s Backlot Arts (funded by a Puffin Foundation grant) and Theater of the First Amendment as a winner in its First Light Festival. It was part of the Alternative Roots Festival in Baltimore in 2007.

Gilhooley spent his second Fulbright guest artist residency at National University of Ireland in 2006 where he developed his Joycean dark comedy, “ExIsles” (produced in County Limerick in 2008). His play “Shooters” premiered at Dublin’s PurpleHeart Theatre in 2005 and drew rave reviews from Ireland’s leading critics. That play (and his “Mummers” and “Dancin’ to Calliope”) was issued in 2006 by Broadway Play Publishing Inc in a volume titled “Plays by Jack Gilhooley.”

Director Murray is the managing director of Theater of the First Amendment, where he has produced more than 40 plays, a dozen festivals, countless developmental readings and the Mason Festival of the Arts. He is also an actor with numerous national credits on stage, in film and on television.

Theater of the First Amendment develops and produces new plays, including new translations and adaptations of classic work.

Performance dates and times for “The Warrior” are Sunday, July 20, at 2:15 p.m.; Wednesday, July 23, at 9 p.m.; Friday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, at 5:45 p.m.; and Sunday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

“The Warrior” contains adult language.

All tickets are $15.00. For tickets, visit www.capfringe.org.

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