Now at Arena Stage in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, ‘Our War’ is a series of monologues written by a collection of modern American playwrights on the topic of the Civil War. The talented writers include those who have won the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award.
Expect two variations of the show, ‘Stars’ and ‘Stripes,’ each offering unique and varying perspectives about the American Civil War, an important part of our nation’s history.
Throughout the show’s run, notable Washingtonians will attend and be a part of the show, including journalists, congressmen/congresswomen, local university presidents, as well as DC officeholders, and more. At opening night on October 20, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read one of the monologues featured in ‘Stars’ and ‘Stripes,’ “That Boy” by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Our War’s director Anita Maynard-Losh was honored to work with the playwrights on their new work. “It’s a rare and special thing when a director gets to work directly with a playwright on a new work. Imagine my excitement to be working with 25 of them! The disparate pieces that the playwrights have created will fit together like a puzzle. A small ensemble of actors will play all the roles, transforming from character to character, representing new, unexpected viewpoints from the Civil War narrative that have never been heard before,” said Maynard-Losh.
‘Our War’ runs at Arena Stage from October 21 – November 9, 2014. The show is approximately 95 minutes long (no intermission).
*Images by Theresa Wood