What My Hands Have Touched: U.S. Women in WWII
World War II - Real Women, Real Stories
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company's production of What My Hands Have Touched: U.S. Women in WWII shares the compelling stories of U.S. women during World War II, exploring their myriad roles: as factory workers, nurses, pilots, USO performers and homemakers. The production offers glimpses into the hearts and minds of these female "warriors" often overlooked by history. In a multi-disciplinary performance that is at once educational and entertaining, this play praises women's contributions to the war effort, while also raising important questions about the realities of war.
Many brave women of "The Greatest Generation" shared their valuable stories of the sorrows and realities of the war which they experienced--not propaganda, not war reels, but real stories from real women whose lives changed forever during the war. They dealt with violence and death in new measures, but were also faced with radical new opportunities for women that would permanently change the way that they viewed themselves and their roles. It is an important play to be seen by people of all ages, to honor our elders, educate the young, help us understand in some small measure what that experience was for our grandmothers and inspire us to reflect on our present reality.
First created and performed in 2003, and performed many times since then, audiences and critics have described What My Hands Have Touched as moving, excellent, inspiring, important, thought-provoking, superb, brilliantly acted, directed and written, well-rounded, and full of a variety of perspectives. "You hit the nail on the head," was heard again and again.
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Looking for Lilith has a strong commitment to education. In our outreach programs, we can guide participants in researching, devising, and sharing new works that give voice to the members of our society who have historically been underrepresented. Through these programs and our performances, we help show the value of multiple perspectives on history.
Looking for Lilith provides touring productions, in-school residencies and after-school programs for pre-K through 12th grade, including our award-winning interactive performance, Choices. We also offer professional development opportunities for teachers.