After suffering an injury during a 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.
Armstrong’s War is a commission of The Banff Centre and is one of the three plays selected by the jury of the 75th Anniversary National Playwriting Commission Competition. The playwright acknowledges the assistance of the 2009 and 2010 Banff Playwrights Colony, a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre, and Alberta Theatre Projects.
"A script built to last."
"Murphy writes sharp, humorous, wryly perceptive dialogue that hotwires us to the hearts and minds of her characters and makes us care for them deeply."
"Despite all the tragedy in this piece, the show somehow manages to be brilliantly funny and there are perhaps more laugh-out-loud moments than tearful ones."