"A Civil War" Christmas Written by Paula Vogel and Directed by Herman LeVern Jones

"A Civil War Christmas" is a family-friendly production that is an excellent entertainment option for the holiday season. The various plot-lines, music, dancing and singing will get everyone into the Christmas spirit!

About the Production

Set on a chilly Christmas Eve in 1864 during the latter days of the Civil War. Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the banks of the Potomac, a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith’s mercy. In the alleys downtown, an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom. “A Civil War Christmas” (known as the American version of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol”) weaves a tapestry of fictional and historical characters, such as President and Mrs. Lincoln – together with holiday music, marches, hymns, and spirituals of the period – to tell a story of companionship and communal hope arising from one of our nation’s darkest hours. “A Civil War Christmas” is a delight for people of all ages and contains many of the classic Christmas songs that we all know and love such as Silent Night, I Heard the Bells, What Child is This?, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, The Holly and the Ivy, and O Christmas Tree.

The production premiered in 2008 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut and has been produced at a host of regional theatres across the U.S. since its debut.

About the Playwright

Paula Vogel (born November 16, 1951) is an American playwright and university professor. She received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play How I Learned to Drive. Vogel was Chair of the playwriting department at the Yale School of Drama. A productive playwright since the late 1970s, Vogel first came to national prominence with her AIDS-related seriocomedy The Baltimore Waltz, which won the Obie Award for Best Play in 1992. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive (1997), which examines the impact and echoes of child sexual abuse and incest. Other notable plays include Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief (1993), The Oldest Profession (1981), And Baby Makes Seven (1984), Hot 'N Throbbing (1994), and The Mineola Twins (1996).

Project Highlights

"A Civil War Christmas" offers community involvement in the following ways:

  • Youth, young adults, adults and seniors will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through participation in the “A Civil War Christmas” production as actors, singers, dancers and musicians
  • Volunteer/Community service/Student internship opportunities available in the areas of ticket sales, sponsorship procurement, administration, advertising, graphic design, ushering and more.
  • Talkbacks (Discussion, Q&A) after the performances
  • Educational and entertaining field trips for school students
  • Promotional Ticket and Christmas Gift Give-A-Ways

There will also be a variety of festivities for theatre goers to enjoy:

  • Grand opening Gala/Reception with food, drink and live entertainment (i.e. Live band playing Christmas carols, games for kids, showings of Christmas shows and movies)
  • Bell ringers and singers at the front door of the theatre to greet the patrons before each performance
  • Christmas tree/decorations and carols playing in the lobby to create the “Christmas atmosphere” for the patrons
  • Christmas cookies and hot chocolate before and after each performance
  • Cast Meet & Greet

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Herman LeVern Jones' TheatreSouth presentation of "A Civil War Christmas" at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center in Pompano Beach, Florida from December 15-23, 2017

"A Civil War Christmas" is available for tour to any city! If you would like for your community to be exposed to this historically significant production, please contact us at 786.580.7389 or info@theatresouth.net

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Samantha Davis


Created with images by Kieran White - "Starting To Feel Like Christmas"

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