STAND GROUND features an all-female cast of veteran and non-veteran women warriors sharing their own stories of life on the front lines: in battle, against sexism, racism, and for everyday survival. Join us for a deeply personal journey through the complexities of war, and being a woman in leadership.
Telling the stories often untold, we uncover the courageous and daily acts of these women as they have served on the front lines at home and abroad. We see through their eyes, as we open our own. In both everyday life and military life, women put their lives, bodies and hearts on the line. We are here to celebrate their courage, their service, and the dire need for strong female leadership in this world.
In this audience-interactive experience, female warriors lead us through a series of intimate moments constructed from the depths of their most personal experiences. Winding our way through hidden passageways and unseen territory, we explore the intricate experiences of women who serve. From the daily realities of the city, to life on the battleship, what do we have in common? Who do we fight? How do we keep ourselves safe? Why do we need to?
Directed by Krista DeNio
Created & performed by Cynthia Arellanes, Zoe Bender, Josely Castro, Sonia Decker, Jennifer Eddy, Natalie Greene, Jasmine Johnson, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
“But the war doesn’t end when the wheels touch down on home soil. It’s a lifelong process sometimes wrought with difficulty, due to a sizable gap between civilians and the military. Once we become Veterans, it’s up to regular folks to accept us back into the community. How can two groups of people, separated by a canyon, come together? The answer is simple. They both build bridges.”
–The Civilian-Veteran Survivial Field Manual, by Alex Horton