Arms and the Man

The proud daughter of a military officer, Raina (Autumn Shiley) is startled when an exhausted enemy soldier sneaks into her room, fleeing a battle in which her fiancé Sergius (Joshua Rachford) has led his troops to glorious victory. When the soldier, Bluntschli (Joel Grothe), opens Raina’s eyes to differences between her idealized picture of war and the grim realities of the battle just fought, her world is rocked. In the play’s best known example Raina is shocked to meet a soldier who values comforting chocolates more than bullets, earning Bluntschli the nickname “The Chocolate Crème Soldier.” In interactions with her candy-eating soldier Raina begins to question not only her romanticized notions of war and heroism but also of love.