In 2005 and 2006, Damon conducted interviews with U.S. veterans of the War in Iraq to write a book that eventually became Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines in Iraq. Using these interviews as source material, he later wrote Shock & Awe: A Play in Two Acts.
Over the course of several drafts, Shock & Awe placed as a finalist for the Princess Grace Awards (2005), a finalist for Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwright’s Award (2008), and semi-finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award (2008) before being selected to make World Debut as part of the 2009 Y.E.S. Festival at Northern Kentucky University (Sandra Foreman, Artistic Director; Mike King, directing).
Scenes from Shock & Awe were produced around Manhattan at various venues. Most notably, “We’re Nobody” was done as part of the Fire Dept.’s acclaimed event AT WAR: American Playwrights Respond to Iraq, moderated by Janeane Garofalo and David Straithairn (2008). And “I Like to Work” won the January 2010 Manhattan Monologue Slam as performed by Garrett Hendricks (you can check out the video below).
A lot of material from both Shock & Awe and Heart of War went into the screenplay “Allegiance,” which Damon co-wrote with his friend Dominic Fumusa (from Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”).
Over the years, people kept writing in, requesting copies of Shock & Awe. Theatres like it because so few ensemble plays have been written about the War in Iraq. Actors like it because it’s chock full of great monologues.
Someone contacted us again a few weeks back and we finally got the hint.
The play’s now available on Amazon and as a Kindle download.
We hope you enjoy it, and we once again tip our hats to the men and women of our U.S. armed forces.
And here’s Garrett: