Our War at Arena Stage


Ken Ludwig's monologue will be performed throughout the run by actor John Lescault and many other Washington D.C. notables including Chris Matthews (Host of Hardball with Chris Matthews on MSNBC-- Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM and Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 PM), Tom Sherwood (NBC4 reporter--Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 PM and Friday, November 7 at 8:00 PM), Dr. Steven Knapp (President, George Washington University--Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 PM), Rabbi Gil Steinlauf (Senior Rabbi, Adas Israel Congregation--Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 PM), Dr. Corneilus M. Kerwin (President, American University--Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 PM) The Very Rev. Gary Hall (Dean, Washington National Cathedral--Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, November 2 at 7:30 PM), Rear Admiral Markham Rich (U.S. Navy--Saturday, November 8 at 8:00 PM) and Dr. John J. DeGioia (President, Georgetown University--Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 PM).

A collection of American playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, creates two dynamic theatrical events reflecting on the U.S. Civil War. Through a tapestry of short monologues, a core ensemble of gifted actors, accompanied by notable Washingtonians such as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Chris Matthews, explore—through diverse perspectives—the historical memory and present-day reverberations of the Civil War. Our War, part of the National Civil War Project, uses the power of live theater to bring new understanding to one of the most significant periods of American history.

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