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Plays honors women's homefront experience during deployment as part of The Combat Paper Project

Melissa Bergstrom, an actress, teaching artist, and activist, created a unique documentary play based on the experience of women on the homefront during a loved one’s deployment. Called “SafeGuard,” the play is a solo performance piece on women and war. Melissa personally conducted interviews with miltiary wives, mothers, sisters, and girlfriends across the country. What begins as a conversation about a nation at war weaves itself into a dramatic tapestry of marriage, motherhood, economics, politics, the media, belief, and identity. Come and bear witness to these often untold stories, both humorous and heartbreaking.

Melissa debuted the piece at Emerson College while finishing her Master of Arts in Theatre Education and was honored to receive the Emerson College Theatre Education Department Award and the Emerson College Graduate Association Special Project Award. A generous financial contribution from the awards helped her take the play to a Boston area theatre, where she performed in her first public staged reading in October 2012. Melissa is excited to take her piece to the UMass Boston's Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences on Wednesday October 23rd as part of a week-long Combat Paper event at the University.

About the event:
SafeGuard: A Free Staged Reading
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 4 PM Eastern
Location: UMass Boston Campus Center First Floor Terrace

Read more about the Combat Paper Project. This amazing project invites veterans to transform their service uniforms into paper that can then be used to create art and promote the healing process after a deployment. The project has toured internationally and will be on display prior to Melissa's performance on October 23rd. In addition, there are some other very cool events happening that week, all centered on veterans and military families.

About the actress and writer:
Melissa is the co-founder and former artistic director of The Charlottesville Women’s Theatre Project, a company that seeks to create theatre relevant to the female experience that the entire community can enjoy, as well as provide women with a supportive space in which to create, grow, and share.

Melissa Bergstrom

Learn more about Melissa at her web site: http://www.melissabergstrom.com.




Great Books



Journaling is one way for spouses and girlfriends to channel emotions and thoughts during deployment. Deployment Journal for Spouses: Memories and milestones while my loved one is deployed by Rachel Robertson is a personal journal designed especially for spouses of deployed service members. Includes journaling prompts, inspirational sayings, and a place to keep track of special moments and milestones. Find out more.

Journaling is also a great way to help younger kids sort out all of the feelings they have when someone they love deploys. Here's how to get started with kids of different ages: Kids and Journaling

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