by Richard Strand
4 September – 4 November 2023
Preview performances on 4th, 5th and 6th September
A Civil War drama with laughs? It may sound a bit odd, but that’s exactly what this unique play is – funny as well as intensely dramatic, with most of the humor stemming from the idiosyncrasies of the four characters. It’s 1861, on the eve of the American Civil War. A runaway slave, Shepard Mallory, shows up at a Union-held fort in Virginia demanding refuge. But federal law compels the return of escaped slaves to their owners, which puts Major General Benjamin Butler, commanding officer at the fort, in the hot seat. Does he uphold the law when Major Cary of the Confederacy appears to collect Mallory? Or does he find a way to bend the law in the slave’s favor? This critically acclaimed play is based on real historical characters and a real event that ultimately changed the course of American history.
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Meet the Cast
Direction: Clifford Dean
Set Design: Mathias Wardeck
Costume Design: Jutta Kreischer
Lighting & Sound Technician: Heiko Böttner
Music & Sound Design: Paul Glaser
Stage Management and Props: Rebecca Delmas
Set Design Assistance: René Ahnert