The Will: A Civil War Drama by Sandra Seaton
Friday, July 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A Special Event Presented by the Library of Michigan, Library of Michigan Foundation & Michigan Historical Center
A Concert Performance of
The Will: A Civil War Drama
by Sandra Seaton
directed by John Lepard
with music by Erik Santos
As we mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, “The Will” dramatizes the human consequences of the war as experienced by the Websters, an African American family in a small town in Tennessee. The Webster sons return from service in the Union army expecting to be treated as full citizens, but they find that victory at home is more elusive than victory on the battlefield. Their father Cyrus Webster is determined to pass on not only his worldly possessions but also his courage and wisdom to his descendants. The play reveals both the conflicts of Reconstruction and the range of African American culture. (The character of Patti was inspired by the life of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, a renowned African American opera singer of the nineteenth century.)
Doors open at 7pm. The play will begin promptly at 7:30pm.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold at the door.
Join us in the lobby for refreshments following the performance.
To read Sandra Seaton's essay about writing her play The Will see:
To become a sponsor of The Will contact:
The Library of Michigan Foundation
(517)373-1297 or sparksC2@michigan.gov