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“Reunion”

Book by Jack Kyrieleison
Story by Jack Kyrieleison and Ron Holgate
Traditional music arranged by Michael O’Flaherty
Directed by Ron Holgate

A group of traveling players weaves the immortal words and songs of the Civil War into a musical epic of the Lincoln presidency and the fight to save the Union, cleverly weaving 26 songs from the era together with excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs by the likes of Lincoln, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglas, William Sherman, Walt Whitman, and dozens of less well-known participants in the war.

Although he is never seen, the towering figure of Lincoln presides over the story as he did over the Union itself, from his meteoric entry onto the national stage to the final moments when we relive the awful events of Good Friday, 1865.

“Cleverly weaves together songs of the day along with spoken excerpts from Civil War-era letters. Mr. Kyrieleison and director Ron Holgate keep the narrative clear and engaging as they draw the audience into the drama of the Civil War. The years seem to melt away.” — Washington Times

“‘Reunion’ is... a small packed theater of war, a series of strategic encounters of history, minstrelsy and melodrama: of music as entertainment, catharsis, and patriotic gore; of a small band of players and a vast national enterprise. Should be seen across the country.” — The New York Times

Recommended for ages 11 and older
May 4 - 19, 2007

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