( Fri., Mar. 11, 2022 - Sat., Mar. 12, 2022 )
Sandra Levine Theatre (formerly Dana Auditorium), 2319 Wellesley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28274
The Falling and the Rising centers around a strong female hero known only as “Soldier”. After sending a video message home on the eve of her daughter’s thirteenth birthday, the Soldier is severely wounded by a roadside IED. Doctors quickly place her in an induced coma to help minimize the extensive trauma to her brain. The Soldier must now make an arduous journey towards both healing and home. In this quasi-dream state, The Soldier envisions another combat veteran during a brain injury, but in her comatose state she cannot respond. Later, imagining a conversation with an Army Ranger, she is reminded of the strength and resilience inherent in every soldier. She then has a vision of a Colonel mourning the loss of his wife. Soon after, she meets and takes strength from a veteran who demonstrates his own recovery to his family’s congregation. Surrounded by her company near and far, the Soldier finds the strength she needs to go on — to return to her fellow soldiers and to her young daughter.