Jan 30, 2009

Girl Soldiers

When people think of warfare, images of fatigues, guns, and tanks come to mind. Taken for granted is the gender of the soldiers. But female soldiers do exist. Really.

Colombian director/ playwright Bea Pizano explores this fascinating reality in her new work, La Communion. It's being read as part of this year's Groundswell Festival put on by Toronto's Nightwood Theatre. La Communion portrays the experiences of a young woman who'd been kidnapped by guerillas at the age of twelve. It isn't just based on imagination, either; Pizano actually met and spoke with several women who'd been kidnapped and forced to be part of Colombian guerilla groups during their childhoods.

Bea Pizano talks about women, drama and warfare, tomorrow on Take 5.

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