by Richard Vergette
Jimmy Vandenberg, a decorated Vietnam war veteran, works alone in his garage, servicing the classic American cars of his youth, while struggling to forget the traumas of war. Abandoned by a nation still shamed by defeat, Trump’s call to ‘Make America Great Again’ speaks to Jimmy’s anger and resentment – and he is hooked. His new-found politics drives a wedge between him and his wife, but a chance visit by the son of a fallen comrade makes him doubt his convictions and leads to a moment of understanding and redemption.
A moving new solo play about the legacy of a war that America wants to forget.
Born in Lincolnshire, Richard was a drama teacher in the Yorkshire and Humber region for 30 years. Writing highlights include: An Englishman’s
Home (24.7 Theatre Festival Manchester 2007), As We Forgive Them (24.7 Manchester Evening News nominee for Best New Play 2009), American
Justice (Arts Theatre, London’s West End 2013), Pure (Mikron Theatre tour 2015-2016), Dancing Through The Shadows (Hull Truck, 2015),
Dark Winter (Hull Truck 2018), Hunt the Tiger (R&D, Cast Theatre, Doncaster, for Andy Jordan Productions 2020), Missing You (audio drama
produced by Made in Manchester, featuring June Brown in her final role 2020)
‘Vergette builds a convincingly complex and damaged character… an ordinary soldier attempting to make sense of, not only his own actions, but those of his country… Vergette is an excellent storyteller –
a master of surprise revelations…’
– British Theatre Guide
‘A beautifully shocking insight into the lived experiences of a war veteran… emotionally charged and utterly engaging.’
– Reviews Hub ٭٭٭٭