A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
November 29-December 23, 2018
Written by Paula Vogel, Directed by Deidra LaWan Starnes
It’s 1864 and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. “History lessons and holiday warmth sit cozily alongside each other” (The New York Times) in this pageant of carols by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Indecent. Stories of many intertwining lives– spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of the White House– demonstrate that the gladness of one’s heart is the best gift of all. This “rich and moving play with music” (Variety) is a treat the whole family will enjoy.
1st Stage will offer captions at select performances. Dates to be announced soon.
Audio Described Performances
1st Stage will offer audio description at the following performances:
Saturday, December 8 at 2:00pm
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
Note: All Community Conversations are offered free of charge. To attend a performance you must purchase a ticket or a subscription.
PRE-SHOW COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The pre-show discussion series illuminates facets of each 1st Stage production that shape your adventure with the play from the beginning. Learn from community leaders and 1st Stage artists and head into each show with a new framework for your experience.
POST-SHOW COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The classic and beloved Community Conversations series connects the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
1st Stage Gallery
For each production in the 1st Stage season, a corresponding art show adorns the walls. The intimate and eclectic gallery is curated by local artist Deborah Conn and brings the work of some of the most exciting area artists in front of 1st Stage patrons. Enjoy a myriad of artistic styles and mediums while you explore the theater and before/after you take in a show.
In the Gallery
LANDSCAPES BY ALEXIA SCOTT
Virginia Vineyard, oil on panel
Alexia Scott studied drawing and design at Kent State University and received her Masters of Fine Arts in painting at The George Washington University, where she studied with Helen Frankenthaler, Wolf Kahn, and William Woodward. She taught Fine Arts for 10 years at Georgetown University and is a member of Falls Church Arts. Alexia began her professional artistic career as an illustrator for the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and as a freelance illustrator. Her love for nature and the outdoors eventually brought her back to landscape painting.
Her landscapes begin as an exploration of color and form—an attempt to distill her first impression of the landscape. It is her many hours teaching figure study, however, that she feels heightens her reaction to and her expression of the landscape. Feminine forms often seem to emerge from the hills and valleys. Alexia hopes the soft forms will evoke an internal sense of calm and meditation for the viewer. Please visit Alexia’s website for more images and information.