For Ward Thinking
Jessica Goldberg's new play, part of the South Florida Theatre Festival, examines both sides of the controversy over the Iraq war.
The play follows Wendy, a Hollywood screenwriter, who goes undercover at Walter Reed Army Medical Center claiming to be a film researcher. "A lot of the films about war sometimes come out as a polemic against the war. On stage, it's a lot easier to have an intellectual argument," reflects Goldberg. Yet, far from being a preach-to-the-choir tirade, some of Ward 57's harshest criticism is reserved for anti-war filmmakers. "I think I was a little unfair to Hollywood," she says.
In her own research, Goldberg visited a school where over 70 percent of the students had family serving in Iraq. "Kids would tell me they get angry when they see anti-war protests, because, 'they're protesting against my dad.' I was one of those people who marched against the war," she admits. How does she feel about the whole situation now? "It's a lot more complicated," she says. "We definitely should not have gone there in the first place. How do we get out? I don't have the answer."