Vogel will be joined by Yale University historian David Blight and Long Wharf literary manager April Donahower for the symposium. Entitled "Remembered in spite of ourselves: Historical accuracy and artistic license," the discussion will follow the 2 PM matinee of A Civil War Christmas on the mainstage of Long Wharf Theatre.
Long Wharf will present the world premiere of Civil War Christmas, which begins performances Nov. 26 and continues through Dec. 21 under the direction of Tina Landau.
Vogel's work, which was penned to offer a distinctly American holiday tale, takes places in 1864 as "Washington, DC, settles down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years - in the White House, where President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving; on the banks of the Potomac, where a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith's mercy; and in the alleys downtown, where an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom."
The company includes Jay Russell (The Play What I Wrote), Diane Sutherland (The Light in the Piazza), Marc Damon Johnson (The Brothers Size), Ora Jones (Boy Gets Girl), Susannah Flood, Justin Blanchard (Journey's End), Bianca LaVerne Jones, Drew McVety (Sunday in the Park with George), Rachel Shapiro Alderman, J.D. Goldblatt (Iphigenia 2.0), Brian Tyree Henry (The Brothers Size), Scott Thomas, Guy Adkins, Melanky Welsh and Faith Philpot.
For tickets visit longwharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.