What happens when women engage in combat? Does it change the way we engage in conflict? What does it uncover about expected gender roles? How does it impact men and women deployed to a part of the world where women have no voice?
‘Women at War’ is a play devised from interviews with women in the US Army's Female Engagement Team, deployed to Afghanistan in 2012-2013. The team's mission was to engage with the women in the local Afghan population in order to build relationships and gather intelligence. The play uses the stories of the women of the unit to connect the lives of women in the western, developed world with the women in Afghanistan, giving them a voice in a world that often denies them one.
Women at War begins as a one-woman performance piece while it tours festivals around the world. As a full-fledged stage play, it brings together four characters colliding on their tour of Afghanistan as part of the Army's unit of Female Engagement Team members.
Women at War is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Women at War must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.