Arms and the Man
Arms and the Man takes places during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian war. Raina Petkoff is a young Bulgarian woman engaged to a famous soldier. One night, a Swiss voluntary soldier to the Serbian army, Bluntschli, bursts into her bedroom and begs her to hide him, so that he will not be killed. Raina complies, though she thinks the man a coward, especially when he tells her that he carries chocolates instead of pistol cartridges. As the Petkoff family, their servants, and the soldier, himself, struggle to hold on to their secrets and preserve their ideals, they are forced to question their romantic notions about social class, identity, war, and love. The play ends with Raina renouncing her idyllic love for her fiance and proclaiming her love for Bluntschli. George Orwell once called Shaw's Arms and the Man "the wittiest play he ever wrote... and in spite of being a very light comedy, the most telling."
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters