When a group of young black women join the Women's Army Corps during WWII, they're promised training as medical technicians. But a racist Colonel at Fort Devens has other ideas, and demotes them to cleaning duty. The battle of wills leads to a confrontation in which the colonel makes comments so offensive that the WACs pull an immediate strike. Though a visiting general is able to compel most of the women to go back to work, two refuse and are held for trial. Defended by a civilian lawyer who's never tried a court-martial, they embark on an uphill fight to change the status quo. Based on a true story, this gripping and inspiring drama explores the complexities of standing up for one's rights.
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- Historical drama on a black theme
- 85 - 95 minutes
- 6 f, 4 m (8-19 actors possible: 5-10 f, 3-9 m)
- Content Notes: Mild adult language
- Set: Minimal -- a raised platform in the center of the stage around which chairs are placed. Behind the chairs, racks, or lockers from which to extract props and costumes.