See the Warrior

By David Swanson

I know this play is powerful from reading the script, so I can only imagine and look forward to how moving it will be to see it performed live. “The Warrior” by Jack Gilhooley is a play performed by two women, one on-stage and one off. The woman off-stage is a documentary film maker asking questions. The woman on-stage is a veteran of both the 1991 Persian Gulf War and two tours during the current occupation of Iraq. The script brilliantly portrays a story focused on the damage her absence has done to her family, but shaded at all times by the damage war has done to her mental health.

I can’t recommend seeing this play more highly. But don’t take my word for it. The CITY PAPER in Washington, DC, called it “probably the best piece about Iraq” to date. “The Warrior” opened at the Capital Fringe Theater Festival this past July and was a selection of the international theater festival, FringeNYC, in August.

On Saturday, November 8th, anyone in the DC area will have an opportunity to see the play performed and to join in a discussion afterwards about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The performance will be directed by Kevin Murray, and feature Marietta Hedges and Mary Lechter in a Theater of the First Amendment production.

“Marietta Hedges is quite remarkable. She gives an extremely passionate performance,” the CITY PAPER says.

“The Warrior” is returning for one night only, Saturday, November 8th, at George Mason University.

Following her performance as “The Warrior,” Marietta Hedges will be joined onstage for “The Warrior” TALKback!

The panel discussion will include Iraq War veterans Amy Baxter and Adam Kokesh, GMU Conflict Resolutions department professor Dr. Carlos Sluzki, and will be moderated by David Swanson of

“The Warrior” TALKback! ONE NIGHT ONLY, Saturday, November 8 at 8 PM at George Mason University.

For tickets ($15): 888-945-2468 or or

Here are directions to George Mason University:

Here are details on the venue for this event:
The Center for the Arts is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, six miles west of Beltway exit 54, at the intersection of Braddock Rd. and Route 123. Your most convenient parking option is the Visitor Parking Deck, located directly adjacent to the Concert Hall. For a nominal fee, the covered parking deck offers a walkway to the Concert Hall, TheaterSpace and Harris Theater. Free parking is available in Lot K (across the pond from the Concert Hall) when a performance is going on at the Center for the Arts.

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