2001 Gassner Award Winner
A Girl's War
by Joyce Van Dyke
Gassner Award Winners
- 2017: Michael, Cleveland by Mark Rigney
- 2016: In The Kitchen: Thoughts on Love, Sex and Aging by Mary Miller
- 2015: Other Than Honorable by Jamie Pachino
- 2014: Duck and Cover by Michael Kimball
- 2014: Elizabeth Grace by R.W. Pinger
- 2013: Good by James McLindon
- 2012: The Truth Quotient by Richard Manley
- 2011: In A Word by Lauren Yee
- 2010: Technicolor Life by Jami Brandli
- 2009: Faith by James McLindon
- 2009: Beat Aside Apollo's Arrow by Matt K. Miller
- 2008: Land Where My Fathers Died by Ron Hirsen
- 2007: Homeland Prayer by Jeff Carter
- 2006: Enola Gay by David Blackman
- 2004: The Dogs of Pripyat by Leah Napolin
- 2003: Size Matters by Bruce Post
- 2001: A Girl's War by Joyce Van Dyke
- 2000: The Prodigal by Daniel Magee
- 1999: Mockba by Ginger Lazarus
- 1998: The Jocker by Clint Jeffries
- 1998: Rimbaud With Strings by Dennis Porter
- 1997: The Woman At The Window by Bill Lattanzi
- 1996: Pera Palas by Sinan Ünel
- 1995: The Scales by Gordon Osmond
As the Soviet Union collapsed, a civil war of "ethnic cleansing" broke out in Karabakh between Christian Armenians and Muslim Azerbaijanis. The war is still smoldering under a tense ceasefire when Anna Sarkisian, an Armenian fashion model who has been working in New York, goes home for the first time in 15 years.
Living in the bombed ruin of her childhood home with her mother, now a sniper in the Karabakh army (both of Anna's brothers have been killed in the war), Anna defiantly refuses to identify herself with the Armenian cause. As she fights her mother's efforts to involve her in the war, she falls for a young Azerbaijani refugee, Hussein, who secretly returns to the village. Complications increase when Stephen, a New Yorkfashion photographer who is also Anna's former lover, shows up uninvited along with his assistant, and begins making demands. For the fashionistas, war is an exciting backdrop. Then landmines begin to explode in the village, claiming more lives. A love story unfolds in which the competing desires for vengeance by the war's victims combine with sexual jealousy to create an explosive climax.
Politics, revenge, sacrifice, love, betrayal and the dreams of nations fuse in this passionate and suspenseful drama.
Cast of five: two women, three men.
For more information, contact Joyce Van Dyke.