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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864. Through the personal stories and struggles of a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters – from the President’s wife to runaway slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman – we learn that, for all their differences, one thing is clear: the yearning for peace cuts across religious and class divisions, color lines and, of course, the Mason-Dixon Line.
At once familiar and freshly re-imagined, the story of that winter night is alive with history, hope and humanity. Vividly staged by director Tina Landau and infused throughout with traditional carols and period music, A Civil War Christmas takes a sprawling new look at the seemingly intractable challenges we once faced to see how far we’ve come as a nation and how far we still have to go.
The cast of A Civil War Christmas includes De’adre Aziza, Sumaya Bouhbal, K. Todd Freeman, Chris Henry, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Antwayn Hopper, Jonathan-David, Karen Kandel, Sean Allan Krill, Alice Ripley, and Bob Stillman.
The music supervision and arrangements for A Civil War Christmas are by Daryl Waters; the musical director is Andrew Resnick; scenic design is by James Schuette; costume design is by Toni Leslie James; lighting design is by Scott Zielinski; sound design is by Jill BC Du Boff; production stage manager is Lori Lundquist.
The Company of A Civil War Christmas
Bob Stillman, Antwayn Hopper, Alice Ripley, K. Todd Freeman
Bob Stillman, Antwayn Hopper, Alice Ripley, K. Todd Freeman, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Karen Kandel, Sumaya Bouhbal, Sean Allan Krill
Chris Henry, K. Todd Freeman
Jill BC Du Boff (sound designer), Andrew Resnick (Music Director)
Sean Allan Krill
Alice Ripley, Jonathan-David
Antwayn Hopper, Sumaya Bouhbal
Rachel Spencer Hewitt
Alice Ripley, Bob Stillman
Alice Ripley, Tina Landau, Bob Stillman
Alice Ripley, Tina Landau, Paula Vogel, Bob Stillman
Alice Ripley, Jim Nicola, Tina Landau, Paula Vogel, Bob Stillman, Billy Russo
Alice Ripley, Karen Kandel