Three writers have joined forces to create a theater experience with their stories on how war affects soldiers and their families.
Angelique Gross, a student at Los Angeles Valley College and the main producer, came up with the idea for a night of one-act plays. She wrote "Wake" about a year ago and it centers on a family dealing with the loss of a son who died in Iraq, she said.
Gross' brother just returned from a tour of duty with the army in Iraq. She also has several family members who have served in Afganistan and Iraq, she said.
She believes the war is important issue and it needs more focus, the Van Nuys resident said.
"With everything going on in America—the poor economy, people losing their jobs, the health care crisis, people have stopped thinking about the war," she said. "These are important issues, of course, but in July alone Afghanistan has had the most casualites per month since the war began—66 troops. In June, there were 60 casualties."