by Mel Nieves

From a makeshift Army call center in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn to the far away desert city of Fallujah, Iraq. Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, and Soldiers, their voices filled with loss, confusion, loneliness, hurt, anger and hope, try to make sense of the ever-changing landscape around them during a questionable time of an never ending war and a world where for some, home is nothing more than a disappearing distant memory they are desperately trying to hold on to in order to survive while for others on the front lines between life and death the idea of home and family is nothing more than a blur.

  • Cast Size: 10W
  • Running Time: 90+ minutes
  • Royalty Rate: $75 per performance

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About the Playwright

Mel Nieves isNew York City born and raised actor-playwright-screenwriter-arts educator. He is a graduate of The William Esper Studio and a member of The award-winning LAByrinth Theater company and The Actor’s Studio Playwright-Director Unit. As an actor he has worked with Luna Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Ridiculous Theatrical Company under the artistic direction of Everett Quinton, The Leftovers (HBO), The Children of Hip Hop (Queens World Film Festival Nominated Best Ensemble Narrative Feature.) His work as a playwright has been presented by Repertorio Espanol, HERE, Cherry Lane Theatre, Theatre for a New City, Chicago’s Urban Theatre company, Santa Ana’s Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, San Diego Repertory’s Amigo’s de Rep, Classical Theatre of Harlem, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Actors Studio. As an arts educator he’s worked with Queens Theatre in The Park, The Public Theatre’s Summer Shakeup (Shakespeare program for teens), The LAByrinth Theater Company’s Intensive Ensemble and the Writers Guild East Initiative. Most recently his original screenplay, “Los Abandonados/The Abandoned” won the best feature screenplay award at the 2022 12th Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. Published works include the plays, “Los Embrujados/The Haunted Ones” for Original Works Publishing, “Prospect Avenue”, “The Spirit, The Body & The Blood”, “In Da Boogie Down”, “Full Moon Inside a Red Sky”, “W.A.C. Iraq” for Next Stage Press, the Smith & Kraus Anthology series, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2023 & 2024, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2024, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues 2024.

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