QUIET BATTLE

Female soldiers share their unique hardships

Helen Benedict, a Columbia journalism professor, reports that while all soldiers in Iraq face hardships, "women have additional burdens: They are sexually harassed by their male comrades; one in three is sexually attacked or raped; and they are pressured every minute to conform to a military culture that is intractably male." Now, Benedict allows military ladies their say with The Lonely Soldier Monologues (Women at War in Iraq), the stage adaptation of her book The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq. The work explores "war, misogyny, class, race, homophobia, post-traumatic stress disorder," and the hostility and alienation many women feel around their male colleagues. Director William Electric Black bravely leads this distaff battalion.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: March 5. Continues through March 22, 2009
 
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