• Soldier’s Heart


    Soldier's Heart

    Fri, Sept. 27 – Sun, Oct. 13

Soldier’s Heart

World Premiere
By Tammy Ryan
Directed by John Amplas

Preview Thursday, Sept. 26
Friday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Oct. 13
Studio Theatre

Before heading off to war in Iraq, Casey Johnson neatly organizes her life into a box of lists, envelopes and registration forms for her son's activities. Months later, she returns to Western Pennsylvania forever changed, with deep psychological scars that no amount of arranging seems to be able to fix. Performed for the first time here on the REP's stage, Tammy Ryan's poignant Soldier's Heart shines a light on the struggles facing women warriors. 

Please note: Soldier's Heart is intended for mature audiences only and contains strong language and violence. 

Tammy Ryan’s award-winning plays have been produced across the country and internationally. She won the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize awarded by the American Theater Critics Association for Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, which was produced at The REP in 2011.  Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at numerous theatre companies, including The REP, Alliance Theater Company, Dorset Theater Festival, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, City Theater, Bricolage, and the Lark Play Development Lab. Her plays for young audiences have twice received the National Playwriting for Youth Bonderman Award.

Director John Amplas has been teaching all levels of acting and directing at Point Park since 1982, and has served as both an actor and director in countless Pittsburgh Playhouse productions dating back to 1972. He is an accomplished film actor with more than 20 films to his credit, most notably starring in the title role in George A. Romero’s horror classic, Martin. He also appeared in other Romero films, including Dawn of the Dead, Knightriders, Day of the Dead and Creepshow, and had a featured role in Melissa Martin’s film, The Bread My Sweet.  On stage, he has appeared in Ah Wilderness, The FBI Girl, The Visit (world premiere), Breaker Morant, Le Bête, Knights of the Round Table, Brecht on Brecht, Glengarry Glen Ross, Hair, and Off-Off Broadway productions of Look Back in Anger and Streamers. He has directed several Conservatory Theatre Company and The REP productions, including Confluence of Dreaming (world premiere), Antigone, No Place to Be Somebody, The Threepenny Opera, The Elephant Man, The Third Lie (world premiere), Quills and When Ya Comin’ Back Red Ryder. In 2007, Amplas and actor Bill Nunn established the Pittsburgh Regional August Wilson Monologue Competition.

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