Photo Flash: First Look at 1st Stage's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS
It's 1864 and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. "History lessons and holiday warmth sit cozily alongside each other" (The New York Times) in this pageant of carols by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Indecent. Stories of many intertwining lives- spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of the White House- demonstrate that the gladness of one's heart is the best gift of all. This "rich and moving play with music" (Variety) is a treat the whole family will enjoy.
The 1st Stage production of A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel with music by Daryl Waters features Suzy Alden, Rebecca Ballinger, Demitrus Carter, Tiziano D'Affuso, Ayanna Hardy, Billie Krishawn, V. Savoy McIlwain, Gary L. Perkins III, Karma Price, Russell Rinker, Sophie Schulman, and Joshua Simon. 1st Stage Artistic Associate, Deidra LaWan Starnes returns, following her Helen Hayes Award nominated production of Ma Rainey' Black Bottom, to direct the production.
The design team includes: music direction by Markus Williams, Walter "Bobby" McCoy, and Leigh Delano, scenic design by Jessica Cancino, costume design by Danielle Preston, lighting design by John D. Alexander, sound design by David Lamont Wilson, dialect coaching by Jane Margulies Kalbfeld, and properties design by Cindy Landrum Jacobs.
A Civil War Christmas will run at 1st Stage from November 29 through December 23 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
General admission tickets are $39. Senior (65+) tickets are $36. Student and military tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854- 1856.
The run time is approximately 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission. Captions and audio description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the schedule.
A Civil War Christmas is the second production in 1st Stage's 11th Season. Following A Civil War Christmas will be The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney directed by José Carrasquillo (January 31- February 24, 2019), columbinus by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli directed by Alex Levy and Juan Francisco Villa (March 28- April 20, 2019), and The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers directed by Cara Gabriel (May 9-June 2, 2019). The 3rd Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance featuring nationally celebrated solo performers will run from July 11-21, 2019.
Photo Credit: Teresa Castracane
Tiziano D'Affuso and Ayanna Hardy
V. Savoy McIlwain, Demitrus Carter, and Gary L. Perkins III
Russell Rinker and Karma Price
Savoy McIlwain and Ayanna Hard
Tiziano D'Affuso, Ayanna Hardy, Russell Rinker, and Sophie Schulman