Florence Lacey Is Everywoman of Musical One Red Flower, About the Boys of 'Nam, Premiering in DC

News   Florence Lacey Is Everywoman of Musical One Red Flower, About the Boys of 'Nam, Premiering in DC
Florence Lacey is the sole female character in the world premiere revision of Paris Barclay's One Red Flower, to be directed by Eric Schaeffer, opening Signature Theatre's new season in Arlington, Virginia, Aug. 17.

One Red Flower is based on the book, "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam," and has libretto, music and lyrics by Emmy Award-winner Paris Barclay. The work, telling the stories of soldiers in their own words, was seen in readings around the country under the title Letters From 'Nam and was produced at North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts in 2001. Maureen McGovern was once attached to the show.

In a presentation in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre in recent years, the final song of Letters From 'Nam movingly asked the audience to remember those who served in what is generally thought to be the most controversial American military action of the 20th century; implicit in the plea was the notion that the war was so divisive that our impulse is to erase it from our memories.

Performances of One Red Flower play Signature Theatre — the respected resident DC-area Equity company — Aug. 17-Oct. 3.

Lacey is known for her many performances as Eva Peron in Evita, for Broadway's The Grand Tour and An Evening With Jerry Herman, and for Signature's world premiere stagings of the new musicals The Gospel According to Fishman and The Rhythm Club.

"This powerful musical from Emmy-winner Paris Barclay is an intimate, searing look at wartime Vietnam through the eyes of the men who fought and died there," according to the Signature announcement. "One Red Flower is inspired by a published collection of actual letters written home by soldiers serving in the Vietnam War during 1969. Set to a score based in the rock-n-roll rhythms of the period, the story compels, informs and entertains with a glimpse into the often hellish, sometimes light-hearted experiences of our American soldiers. This timely work reminds us once again how the present and the future are often a reflection of the past." Visit www.sig-online.org.

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