THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- Shelby Foote's Civil War drama, Shiloh, is scheduled to run Mar. 13-29 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, presented by the Santa Susana Repertory Company in association with California Lutheran University.
Adapted for the stage and directed by John Slade, Shiloh is a full-scale account of two days of battle in April 1862, conveying not only the bloody choreography of Union and Confederate troops through the woods near Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee, but the inner movements of the combatants' hearts and minds.
"Through the eyes of officers and illiterate foot soldiers, heroes and cowards, Shiloh creates a dramatic mosaic of a critical moment in the making of America," said a company spokesperson.
To help kick-off the world premiere production, a live two-day reenactment of the battle of Shiloh will be presented in the vacant two-acre lot adjacent to the theatre, with two performances each on Mar. 14 and 25.
The battle reenactments are open to the public for a nominal admission fee. (Call for information.) The Santa Susana Repertory Company (SSRC) is the nonprofit resident legitimate professional theatre company of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Forum Theatre. Under the artistic direction of Lane Davies, SSRC is currently in its fourth season at the Plaza.
Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 8:30 PM and Sun. at 2:30 PM at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. For tickets, $21-$25, call (805) 583-8700 or (213) 480-3232.
--By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent