World War II ended 65 years ago, and it's likely that the most people living today were too young to remember its horrors. But the war lives on in the hearts and minds of those who fought during it. Playwright John Patrick volunteered as a medic for the British Army during World War II.
His experiences on the front line would provide the basis for his widely successful play, "The Hasty Heart," currently playing until Aug. 21 at Glendale Centre Theatre. War, however, serves merely as a backdrop in this emotionally hitting story about love, death and the importance of friendship.
Southeast Asia is the setting, and as the play begins we enter the convalescent ward of a makeshift British hospital. Hitler has already invaded Poland, and the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. World War II is well underway. There are six beds in this particular ward, but only five are occupied.