Gettysburg: One Woman's War Set for Metropolitan Playhouse December 2-3
In Elsie Singmaster's powerful exploration of a Civil War icon's physical and emotional terrain, fictional townswoman Mary Bowman lives the war and its legacy-from the first shots at Willoughby Run, to the consolation of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, to the country's healing a half century on. The show runs Monday and Tuesday, December 2 and 3, at 7:30 p.m. Gettysburg: One Woman's War, Comprising three selections from Elsie Singmaster's 1913 classic Gettysburg: Stories of the Red Harvest and the Aftermath, at The "invaluable" and "indispensable" Metropolitan Playhouse--2011 Obie Award winner: 220 E 4th Street between Avenues A and B.
Tickets are $18 general; $15 students/seniors; $10 student groups, and may be purchased at www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/tickets or 800-838-3006.
Elsie Singmaster (1878 - 1958) is best remembered for her local colorist fiction, featuring the Pennsylvania Germans of her native state. Most of her novels and short stories were set in Macungie, Pennsylvania, and connected to her childhood there, or to the town's history. Her other Civil War - related works include I Speak for Thaddeus Stevens, "The Courier of the Czar," and "Swords of Steel". A graduate of Cornell University and Radcliff College, Singmaster lived in Gettysburg for virtually all her adult life.
A professional actress (AEA, SAG-AFTRA), Michèle LaRue specializes in performances of American theatre and literature from the turn of the twentieth century. Three-hundred-plus sponsors include theaters, colleges, universities, libraries, and historical societies, from Manhattan to Maine to Midland, Texas, to Minnesota. Previously, Metropolitan Playhouse has presented her in The Bedquilt, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The Playhouse's Gilded Age Festival, in January, will include her Roman Fever, by Edith Wharton.
Metropolitan Playhouse, now its 22nd season, devoted to Justice, explores America's theatrical heritage through forgotten plays of the past and new plays of American historical and cultural moment. Called an "indispensable East Village institution" by nytheatre.com and "invaluable" by Back Stage, Metropolitan has earned accolades from The New York Times, and received a 2011 OBIE Grant from The Village Voice for its ongoing productions that illuminate who we are by revealing where we have come from. Other awards include nominations for 2 NYIT awards in 2013 (for The Detour), 5 nominations in 2012 (The House of Mirth; Sidney Fortner winner for costumes), and 5 more in 2010 (The Return of Peter Grimm; Frank Anderson winner for lead actor). Recent productions include A Man's World, The Henrietta, The Detour, The Boss, Both Your Houses, The House of Mirth, Deep Are the Roots, The Jazz Singer, From Rags to Riches, One-Third of a Nation, The Great Divide, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Drunkard, and Dodsworth, as well as the Alphabet City and East Village Chronicles series.
Adults: $18.00Students/ Seniors: $15.00 Student groups (10 or more): $10.00 each
To purchase tickets online visit www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/tickets, or call 1 800 838 3006.
Monday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm
Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm
This production is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature.