A Civil War Christmas:
An American Musical Celebration

By Paula Vogel
Music by Daryl Waters
Regional Premiere
Directed by Troy Scheid

Musical Direction by Michael Mertz

Main Street Theater -
Chelsea Market

4617 Montrose Blvd.

November 23 at 8:00pm
November 24 at 3:00pm
November 27 at 7:30pm

November 29 - December 29, 2013

Thursdays - 7:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00pm
Sundays - 3:00pm

Call 713-524-6706 for Tickets
For groups of 10 or more, please call Andrew Ruthven, Director of Audience Services, at 713-524-3622 x102

It's 1864, and 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. This musical by Pulitzer Prize–winner Paula Vogel intertwines many lives in a hopeful season in one of the country’s darkest times.

“Ms. Vogel manages to humanize most of her many characters in a few crisp strokes of dialogue, so they come across as full-blooded people, glimpsed clearly if quickly, rather than talking statues in a historical diorama." — NY Times

"Artfully weaves historic details into the play [and] pulls it together with economical writing that reflects the poetry of the day." — Variety

"Deep-rooted and ambitious…a fascinating interface of history and fiction…boldly inventive theater, warm and affecting." — Talkin' Broadway

Recommended for audiences 12 and up.
Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.

Part of the Art Events for A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration

First Read-through: October 28 at 7pm at MST - Chelsea Market. RSVP to shannon@mainstreettheater.com by October 24. Have a glass of wine, and listen in as director Troy Scheid shares her thoughts on the play, the designers show their production concepts, and the actors read the script and discuss the play. This is a FREE event, but an RSVP is required by October 24. RSVP to shannon@mainstreettheater.com.

Stumble-through: November 13 at 7pm at MST - Chelsea Market. Watch the first, rough run-through of the play in rehearsal. $40 per person. To purchase, call 713-524-6706.

Mimosas & a [Costume] Parade: November 17 at 11am at MST - Chelsea Market. Have a mimosa, and watch the Costume Parade, where Macy Lyne, the costume designer, shows the director what she has for each actor to wear and with the actors in these costumes. See what works, what doesn't, what thought-process goes into this aspect of the production. Approx. 45 minutes. $20 per person. To purchase, call 713-524-6706. REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

Free Opening Night Pre-show Discussion with the Designers: November 29 at 6:45pm at MST - Chelsea Market. A 15-20 minute discussion with the show's designers about their process. What intrigued them about this play? Did things change for them along the way? Their favorite prop/costume/part of the set/sound cue/lighting moment? RSVP to shannon@mainstreettheater.com by November 25. Even if you have tickets for a different day, everyone is welcome at this discussion. But don't forget: included in an Opening Night ticket is a champagne reception with the cast after the show! Purchase tickets online, or call 713-524-6706.

After-parties (following Friday and Saturday night shows): beginning November 29. Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price; no RSVP required.

Lunch with Civil War Christmas director Troy Scheid and actors Susan Shofner and Shawn Hamilton: December 7 at 1pm at Canopy on Montrose. $50 per person. THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

Post-show Discussions.

Following the matinee on December 8:
Rice Prof. Alexander X. Byrd will lead a discussion on history and the play.

Following the matinee on December 15:
Be part of - or just listen to! - a discussion with the artists from A Civil War Christmas.

No RSVP required; even if you have tickets for a different day, everyone is welcome at these discussions.

Civil War Weaponry Lecture and Hands-on Demonstration: December 10 from 7 - 8pm at MST - Chelsea Market. Stage combat and historical expert Alan Hutton will present various aspects of the Civil War: weaponry, the lives of the soldiers, and more. This fantastic event that will be part lecture, part hands-on interactive “show and tell.” $25 per person. Purchase online, or call 713-524-6706.


Main Street unwraps a touching holiday gift - Everett Evans, Houston Chronicle, December 3, 2013

History Takes Center Stage in Main Street Theater’s ‘A Civil War Christmas' - Brandon De Hoyos, News92FM, December 4, 2013

100 Creatives 2013: Shawn Hamilton, Actor - Olivia Flores Alvarez, Houston Press, December 6, 2013

Main Street Theater's A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION is Brilliantly Crafted and Deeply Moving - David Clarke, BroadwayWorld.com, December 11, 2013

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