Just in time for the "Lincoln" film wave?
Paul Vogel's "A Civil War Christmas," which received its world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven in 2008, will make its New York bow with a production at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Tina Landau, who staged the New Haven show, directs the off-Broadway production.
I picked the New Haven production as the top choice in my Top 10 shows of 2008.
Performances begin Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the theater at 79 East 4 St., between Bowery and Second Avenue. The show runs through Dec. 30.
The play, which uses period holiday carols, is described; "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."
The cast features Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal") as Mary Todd Lincoln. Also featured are: De’adre Aziza, Sumaya Bouhbal, K. Todd Freeman, Chris Henry, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Antwayn Hopper, Jonathan-David, Karen Kandel, Sean Allan Krill and Bob Stillman as Abraham Lincoln.
Stillman, who had just been announced for Hartford Stage's world premiere of "Breath and Imagination" which begins performances in early January, has left that production to do "A Civil War Christmas."
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