‘Piece of My Heart’ performance at WYO

The stage play, “A Piece of My Heart,” will be performed Wednesday, April 16, at the WYO Theater. It’s the story of thousands of American women who went off to Vietnam in a variety of circumstances, what they faced when they returned home, and the honor and homage that endures 50 years on.

It’s by playwright Shirley Lauro. The play has been performed more than 1,000 times in 12 countries.

Curtain is 7 p.m. The public’s encouraged to attend.

It’s being presented by the Marna M. Kuehne Foundation with sponsorships by Sheridan College, The Sheridan Press, Sheridan Media. It’s being performed in Gillette and Buffalo as well.

Earlier this week, Mayor Dave Kinskey declared April 7 as Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day. He also officially recognized Diane Carlson Evans “for her efforts on behalf of women veterans.” Mayor Kinskey declared Ms. Evans an honorary citizen of Sheridan.

Ms. Evans will attend the performance and will provide talkback at the show’s conclusion. She is the founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation. Ms. Evans served in Vietnam in 1968 and returned to the U.S. committed to honoring the 260,000 women who served in Vietnam during that war. The Vietnam Women’s Memorial statue in Washington, which many of us have seen, is adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall). The monument was completed in 1993 and recently marked its 20th anniversary.

The cast: Ashley Adelman, Jake Cullens, Larissa Dzegar, Kaitlyn Huczko, Kim McClay, Beth McNelis, Petol Weekes. Director: Colleen Britt; stage manager: Carina Don.

Thursday night, these professional actors, based in New York, went to Buffalo’s Occidental Hotel for live music. Recognized, an impromptu discussion of the play and its history filled the landmark hotel’s bar room. There was talk of honor and duty and service to country and their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. At the conclusion, the fiddler in the band quietly and spontaneously, played a “hauntingly beautiful,” rendition of “Taps,” according to one person who attended.

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One more shot of ink for The Food Group’s event and fundraiser.

• A “tacofest,” thanks to Torrey Moody and Taco John’s, Sheridan.

• Food service begins at 5:30 p.m.

• Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, in the Atrium, Sheridan College.

• The Teka Brock Band will begin playing at 6 p.m.

• No tickets are being sold, but donations will be warmly welcomed. A suggestion of $10 per person – good tacos, good music and it’s a good cause.

The Food Group and its volunteers feed more than 300 Sheridan-area children every week. They receive no governmental assistance; funding is through private donations and local foundations. Jess Riley, Arin Waddell and Amy Albrecht are the movers-and-shakers for this event. For additional info: 674-6446 ext.4203.

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Quotable

“I love to go to Washington – if only to be near my money.”

— Bob Hope, American comedian,/actor/author; 1903-2003.

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