LETTER FROM A SOLDIER: MY NAME IS AL SALUTER (Extended Version)

Author Deb Victoroff
Brooklyn, New York

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Contemporary                                

Situation: An American soldier in Afghanistan composes a letter home to his girlfriend. He explains how he had intended not to get to know the citizenry. He wants to know no one and have no emotional involvement - just wants to do his job and go home. But on the streets of Kandahar, he meets a young Afghani kid named Wali who reminds him of the kids at home. He starts to look forward to seeing the boy. He meets Wali's family, against all his efforts, and soon other Afghanis shout hello to him on the street, greeting him with smiles. He loses his fear, becomes invested in the population, and finds happiness in knowing the people and recognizing the humanity we all share, until an explosion in the market brings him back to the cold realities of his world.

Subject Matter: Sadness, Regret, War, Friendship, Love, Determination, Human Connections, Soldiers, Masculinity, Afghanistan, Hope, Fear, Terror, Terrorism

Note from Playwright: I was thinking about what an individual soldier must go through in a deployment to war-torn Afghanistan (or any place that has ever been entered by American soldiers, for whatever reason), and how humans can't help but make human connections, even if they try not to.

Supplemental Information: Here is a link to a review of an early iteration of this play (when it took place in Iraq): www.straight.com/article-148353/walking-fish-festival

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  • Source
    Stand-Alone Monologue, One-Act Play
  • Character Age
    Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30, Adult 30-40
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Universal, Asexual, Heterosexual, Male
  • Character Ethnicity
    Universal
  • Genre
    Drama
  • Period
    Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min +
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female
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