The Waldo Theater

‘Deployed’ – A live staged reading

Two shows: Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m.

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    Community theater triumphantly returns to The Waldo this May with a staged reading of “Deployed,” written by Nicola Smith and Samantha Lazar, and directed by Anna Belknap. The cast of seven talented actors comprises both veterans and non-veterans, each from our greater Waldoboro community. Deployed explores what it means to do one’s duty and to serve with honor. It also addresses some of the most pressing issues to confront Americans in recent years, shedding light on military life today. Donations will benefit Sisters in Arms, a Maine-based non-profit giving hope and shelter to Maine’s women veterans and their children, and The Waldo.

    “Deployed” weaves together the original stories of U.S. women veterans, in verbatim accounts, to delve into the unique challenges of being a woman in the United States military. It gives voice to stories that are often kept hidden: stories of ambition and the desire to prove oneself, stories of oppression and resilience, stories of assault and abuse, and through it all, stories of pride in service.

    “Stories help us to understand and appreciate the experiences of others, and to find common ground” said Susan Hodder, The Waldo’s Executive Director. “This play presents the authentic stories of seven female veterans, each of whom chose to serve their country over periods from the 1960’s to today, in conflicts from Vietnam to Afghanistan and the Middle East. They’re full of humor and humility, respect and regret, and they all deserve to be told, but more importantly, to be heard. We hope you’ll join us at The Waldo as we celebrate U.S. veterans, and the return of live community theater to The Waldo.”

    “Deployed” will be presented on Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. Each performance will be followed by a live Q&A with representatives from state and federal veterans’ services organizations. Tickets are $10, and admission is free to all U.S. military veterans. Tickets can be purchased online at:

    Please be advised: This play deals with issues related to service in the military, including military sexual trauma (MST), and is not recommended for children under age 16. Some of the content of this production may be emotionally challenging to individuals who have experienced past trauma. Representatives from state and federal veterans healthcare and services organizations will be present during and after each production to provide support and referrals as needed.


    Event Date: 

    Sat, 05/20/2023 - 7:00pm


    916 Main Street
    Waldoboro, ME 04572
    United States