Wife of Ft. Benning soldier turns the heartbreak of deployment into an original play

I Will Wait is an original production that tells the story about sending a loved one to war. Using real-life experiences combined with original music, this story has been woven into a fully realized production told through music, dance, and drama.

After coping with a particularly hard deployment of her husband, Amy Uptgraft and her friend Gregory Steiber put pen to paper and turned her experience as a military spouse into an original play. Titled I Will Wait, the play highlights the emotions of sending a loved one to war through drama and music.

The play gives the audience a peek behind the curtain of what life is really like for military families before soldiers leave for deployment and when they return home. The story is told through spouses across generations of war, spanning from World War II to the present day.

Does this sound like a play you would like to see?

Well, good news! The Veteran’s Spouses Project has partnered with the Georgia Repertory Theatre and Columbus State University to bring I Will Wait to Columbus on May 10th and 11th.


How Can I See I Will Wait?

There will be three performances available to attend:

  • Friday, May 10th at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 11th at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 PM

Tickets start at $23 and can be purchased here.

All performances will take place at the Columbus State University Riverside Theater, located at 6 W 10th St in Columbus.

One More Thing….

In addition to the play, The Veteran Spouse Project will also offer free Storytelling Workshops as part of their Made For You Expressive Arts Program, created by military spouse, Wendy Caldwell.

Taking place May 10th and 11th, these free workshops are a space for spouses to explore their feelings and share stories about deployments and military life through mindfulness, art-making activities.

More details and registration for the workshops can be found here.

This story was written in partnership with the Veteran’s Spouse Project.