War Song is a a music-and-poetry-suffused look at race and the Civil War through the eyes of Christian Fleetwood, publisher, choirmaster, Sergeant in the 4th Regiment United States Colored Infantry, and winner of The Congressional Medal of Honor. Drawn from his speech, "The Negro As A Soldier," music and songs from the Civil War, and the words of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, War Song is about war, glory, despair, America, and the old flag; the stories we tell and the songs we sing about them.
Lt. Maj. Christian Fleetwood, scholar, father, and highly decorated veteran of the United States Colored Infantry, makes the final touches the night before his big speech defending the rights of African-Americans to serve in the military. But his wife, Sara, has bitter objections, so Fleetwood conjures up the spirits of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman to encourage him, as "storytellers, all--lovers of song, beauty, and the fight, all." But the discussions turn sour, and prejudices bubble to the surface, leaving Fleetwood to realize that sometimes words aren't enough, and sometimes plowshares must be hammered back into swords.
Written By Jessica Wright Buha
From the works of Christian Fleetwood, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Susie King Taylor, and W.E.B Du Bois
Original Music By Mallory Nees
Directed By Jack Dugan Carpenter Musical Direction by Kathryn Miller
Breon Arzell as CHRISTIAN FLEETWOOD Jyreika Guest as SARA FLEETWOOD Derik Marcussen as ABRAHAM LINCOLN Christopher Marcum as WALT WHITMAN
Wyatt Kent on Trumpet Sean McGill on Drums Kathryn Miller on Guitar
Stage Manager: Katie Ritchie Props and Scenery: Melissa Schlesinger Lighting: John Jacobsen Costumes: Emma Cullimore Assistant Director: Samantha Decker Civil War Expert: Ned Ricks
Berger Park Coach House (View)
6205 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660