Story produced by Luis Carrión

Comin in Hot

Coming in Hot is military lingo for arriving with guns blazing. The play, adapted for the stage by Shannon Cain, Lisa Bowden, and Jeanmarie Simpson is based on the book Powder: Writing by Women in the Ranks, From Vietnam to Iraq (edited by Bowden & Cain, published by Kore Press, 2008).

Jeanmarie Simpson

The play premiered in Tucson on Sept 24-27, at the Rhythm Industry, to great acclaim and protestations. Tucson’s contribution to the national debate on women in combat is now revving up for an international tour.

Both the book and the stage play offer a rare glimpse into the current status of women at work in the nations biggest corporationthe US military. A stage adaptation of Powder interests me deeply as a mother with a son who is about to be deployed for the second time, as a grandmother, and as a peace activist for 25 years, says Simpson. As an artist, the material cries out to be performed. Simpson, accomplished actress with 37 years experience on the stage, will perform all characters in the play.

After the show, audiences will be invited to participate in a recorded open discussion about the complex issues raised in the play. I approach a solo performance of Powder with more than a little trepidation and humility, knowing I will be channeling the voices of women who have literally been in the trenches and lived to tell the tale, says Simpson. It is in their honor, and in the honor of those who havent survived either end of the gun that I do this work.

Local audiences will have the opportunity to see the show October 30th at 7pm at the Pima Friends Meeting House, 931 N. 5th Avenue. Donations will be accepted (suggested donation of $20). Parking is available.

Additionally, Coming in Hot will be installed at the Rocket Gallery, 270 E. Congress Street, during the month of January, 2010. The installation will include salon performances and discussions, talks, film screenings, an image gallery, and more.

Tickets are available on-line at

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