SAINT SOMEBODY - Part of the Collateral Damages of War - Sister Kathleen

Author Rita Anderson
Austin, Texas

PLAY DESCRIPTION

When an African-American “deserter” wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg, conflicts intensify, but the soldier carries an old statue that his family calls “Saint Somebody,” since they don’t know her real name. Based on real events at The Wheatfield, SAINT SOMEBODY suggests one solution as to how the Brigade of 600 held back Confederate troops for three days when they were outnumbered by thousands. What the Irish Brigade needed—and found—was a miracle.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: July 2-5, 1863 during the American Civil War                               

Situation: SISTER KATHLEEN, a Civil War nurse with the Irish Brigade, confronts the COLONEL, the play's villain, who has abused one of SR. KATHLEEN’s nurses. Here she exacts her brand of justice for his crimes. (–And, fyi, she did burn down his tent and take his painting.)

Subject Matter: War, Irish, Civil War, #metoo, Toxic Masculinity, Women, Nurses, Authority, History, True Story, Real Events, Unsung Heroes, Gettysburg

Note from Playwright: I saw a one-paragraph mention on the History Channel about the Irish Brigade, and started investigating why I had never heard of their amazing feats.

I wrote SAINT SOMEBODY for the unsung heroes of the Civil War, mainly the women and African-American soldiers who served. 

Supplemental Information: To read the full script SAINT SOMEBODY, visit Rita’s website www.rita-anderson.com

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    Full-Length Play
  • Character Age
    Adult 30-40, Adult 40-50, Adult 50-60, Adult 60-70, Adult 70+
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Female, Universal
  • Character Ethnicity
    Other, White, European
  • Character Special Traits
    Accent
  • Genre
    Drama, Historical Drama, Tragedy
  • Period
    Pre-Contemporary, Classical
  • Length
    2 min or less
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female, LGBTPQQIA/Non-Binary
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