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Soldier’s Heart

Tammy Ryan
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Before heading off to war in Iraq, Casey Johnson neatly organizes her life into a box of lists, envelopes, and registration forms for her son's activities. Months later, she returns to Western Pennsylvania forever changed, with deep psychological scars that no amount of arranging seems to be able to fix.

Production Info

Cast: 7 total (3 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Tammy Ryan’s poignant SOLIDER’S HEART shines a light on the struggles facing woman warriors … a tense, raw, troubling and no-nonsense examination of what happens to soldiers, particularly female soldiers, serving in the military … This is not an easy play to watch. Nor is it meant to be.” —Alice Carter, Tribune

“Portrayls of soldiers wrecked by war date to the ancient Greeks (see Aeschylus), but Ms Ryan adeptly reworks the time-tested recipe from a woman’s perspective to make it seem fresh again … Briskly written in brief scenes that easily flash back and forth … the subject of sexual assault in the military gives the play weight and merit. Ms. Ryan deftly layers critical incidents that culminate in a forceful climax … Frank, colloquial language delivers a strong sense of spontaneity.” —Michael Sommers, New York Times

“Ryan brings a searing story to life about the high cost of war … Ryan’s play could border on political [but] it’s all about relationships: what you give up in times of war and how families are destroyed in the process … a disturbing, topical production, building on the terror and sacrifices that never-ending wars entail.” —Liz Keill, The Alternative Press

“Ryan brings a heart-wrenching experience into alignment with the blisteringly traumatic aftershock of rape … It is a story worth telling.” —Simon Saltzman, Curtain Up

“Tammy Ryan has written an intense drama that grabs you from the first scene and doesn’t let go until the lights go down two hours later … a story with a strong dramatic arc … on an important subject with which we must deal decisively, now.” —Ruth Ross, NJ Arts Maven

“… richly nuanced, three-dimensional characters and a neatly constructed, riveting story. Ryan has done her homework.” —Bob Rendell, Talkin’ Broadway

About the Author


  • Tammy Ryan

    TAMMY RYAN's plays have been performed, commissioned and developed at theaters across the United States and internationally such as Alliance Theater, City Theater, Florida Stage, Marin Theater Company, People's Light, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater and Portland Stage Company among others. Honors include the American Theater Critics Association's Francesca Primus Prize for LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS, and the American Alliance of Theater in Education's Distinguished New Play Award for THE MUSIC LESSON. Ryan was named a 2020 Haas fellow for her play TAKE MY HAND AND WAVE GOODBYE. Other works include SEVEN COUSINS FOR A HORSE (Thrown Stone Theater), THE WAKE (Premiere Stages) MOLLY'S HAMMER (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), SOLDIER'S HEART (Pittsburgh Playhouse) and BABY'S BLUES (NCPA/Mumbai). Her work has received support from the National New Play Network, The New Harmony Project, The Sewanee Writers Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation. She is an alumna of the Pittsburgh Public Theater's Playwrights Collective and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/5/2016
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881456707

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by the Pittsburgh Playhouse of Point Park University, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Ronald Allan-Lindblom, Artistic Director, Earl Hughes Producing Director

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Soldier’s Heart is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


6/26/2021 – 6/26/2021
Unworldly Ensemble
Jersey City, NJ

2/8/2018 – 2/11/2018
Alma College
Alma, MI

12/2/2016 – 12/2/2016
Cheyenne Central High School
Laramie, WY