There is still time to catch A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration at the Georgetown University, a musical set in DC, at the Davis Performing Arts Center. The musical was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, with music by Daryl Waters.
The Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program, Georgetown University Music Program and Nomadic Theatre co-produced the DC premiere of the musical, which is set on Christmas Eve 1864 in Washington, DC.
According to a press release about Vogel's plot:
"Weaves together an array of voices and stories, including troops in both Confederate and Union camps preparing for the fighting ahead, President Lincoln embarking on a danger-filled midnight adventure, and a mother and daughter fleeing from slavery towards an uncertain future in the nation’s capital."
"There is something about staging this play here at Georgetown that gives the production a unique resonance. As characters cross the Potomac and move from the Surratt boarding house on H Street to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue to the National Home for Destitute Colored Women and Children near Reservoir Road, they bring to life not only the stage but also the city that surrounds it," Dramaturg Prof. Nina Billone Prieur said in a press release.
Friday there will be a panel discussion prior to the performance hosted by the Doyle Engaging Difference Program and the Department of Performing Arts. Christine Evans and Nadia Mahdi, from the department of performing arts, and Chandra Manning, department of history, will discuss the historical context of the play and what it means for us today.
The event from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Friday is free.
Tickets are available for the show, which runs 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The last show is Dec. 8.
Fri/Sat evening only:
$20 general / $18 faculty, staff, alumni, senior / $10 student
All other performances:
$18 general / $15 faculty, staff, alumni, senior / $8 student