Alice Ripley and Bob Stillman Will Celebrate A Civil War Christmas Off-Broadway at NYTW

Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Bob Stillman will co-star as Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln, respectively, in the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas. The music-filled production will begin Off-Broadway previews Nov. 13 at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Alice Ripley
Alice Ripley (Photo by Dirty Sugar Photography)

Vogel's Christmas Eve 1864-set play, which brings together a large swath of fictional characters and historic figures, premiered in 2008 at the Long Wharf Theatre. It has been produced at a host of regional theatres across the U.S. since its debut.

Tina Landau ( In the Red and Brown Water, Floyd Collins) will stage the New York bow that will officially open Dec. 5 for a run through Dec. 30.

Ripley ( Next to Normal, Side Show) and Stillman ( Grey Gardens) will be joined by De'adre Aziza, Sumaya Bouhbal, K. Todd Freeman, Chris Henry, Rachel Spencer Hewitt, Antwayn Hopper, Jonathan-David, Karen Kandel and Sean Allan Krill.

The play, according to NYTW, "weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill, on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864. Through the personal stories and struggles of a wide range of historical figures and fictional characters – from the President's wife to runaway slaves, Union and Confederate soldiers to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman – we learn that, for all their differences, one thing is clear: the yearning for peace cuts across religious and class divisions, color lines and, of course, the Mason-Dixon Line. At once familiar and freshly re-imagined, the story of that winter night is alive with history, hope and humanity."

The production will incorporate traditional carols and music of the era. Music supervision and arrangements for A Civil War Christmas are by Daryl Waters; the musical director is Andrew Resnick; scenic design is by James Schuette; costume design is by Toni Leslie James; lighting design is by Scott Zielinski; and sound design is by Jill BC Du Boff.

Vogel's plays include her Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned To Drive; The Baltimore Waltz; Desdemona, A Play About A Handkerchief; The Oldest Profession; And Baby Makes Seven; Hot 'N Throbbing; The Mineola Twins; and The Long Christmas Ride Home.

For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit NYTW is located at 79 East 4 Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue.