“Welcome Home Jenny Sutter” Explores a Veteran's Return
For many service men and women, returning home isn’t always easy. The dramatic contemporary play “Welcome Home Jenny Sutter,” written by Julie Marie Myatt, follows the return of U.S. Marine Jenny Sutter from Iraq and her struggle to reintegrate into a normal life. Directed by adjunct professor Courtney Elkin Mohler, the California State University, Dominguez Hills production will be performed March 12, 13, and 20 at 8 p.m. and March 14, 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. in the Edison Studio Theatre on campus.
Sutter lays down her rifle but isn’t ready to pick up her children. Tired and wounded, she is unable to face the life and loved ones she had left behind. Buying some time, Jenny heads to Slab City—a makeshift, squatter’s desert community in southeastern California where misfit residents gently nurture her wounded spirit and nudge her back to her own humanity.
Mohler says the play, which “deals with war and our soldiers very respectfully,” has universal appeal.
“Whether or not someone has had the experience of fighting for our country, we all can relate to the soldier in each of us, to having a goal in mind and to have honor in completing that task,” says Mohler.
“On the micro-scale, the play deals with the individual—it’s Jenny’s Sutter’s story. On a bit larger scale, it deals with the veteran experience,” says Mohler. “But on just a really human level, it has to do with forgiving yourself, moving forward and dealing with—embracing—the hardships life has dealt you. I think the play is really a story about redemption.”
Shonni Albritton, a theatre department alumna, will portray Jenny Sutter. Supporting actors are Isaac Sky; award-winning CSU Dominguez Hills theatre major Sulma Barrera, who has been acting since she was 8 years old; theatre department alumna, Pauline Dixon; and theatre majors Nathan Rendell and Robert Adams.
General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for students and senior citizens are $10. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
For more information about “Welcome Home Jenny Sutter” or the CSU Dominguez Hills theatre program, contact the theatre office at (310) 243-3588 or click here.
- Laura Perdew
Photo above: Shonni Albritton as "Jenny Sutter," receives a heroine's welcome home and reconnects with Robert Adams as "Buddy" and Sulma Barrera as "Louise." Photo by Tom Marinello