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The Wirtz Center, in partnership with the American music Theatre Project, presents:
THE BATTLEFIELDS OF CLARA BARTON, a workshop production
By Suzan Zeder & Jenn Hartmann Luck. Directed by Rives Collins
Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30PM
Josephine Louis Theater
on the Evanston Campus of NU at The Wirtz Center
20 Arts Circle Drive
Located on the southeast part of the Evanston campus, just off Sheridan Road and Campus Drive. The Louis Theatre is on the south side of the Wirtz Center building, at the base of the hill leading up to the Arts Circle, facing the parking lot(s).
Running time is 2 hours including intermission. Best enjoyed by audience members 10 years old and up.
The Battlefields of Clara Barton is a modern folk/rock musical about the vibrant life of Clara Barton; Civil War nurse, political activist, and revered founder of the American Red Cross. In a tumultuous life that spanned almost a century, Clara fought on many battlefields: historical, political, and emotional. Brought to life by an ensemble of women playing multiple roles where age and gender are fluid, the threads of Clara’s story run from past to present with seamless synchronicity, creating a rich tapestry of themes as personal and potent today as they were then.
Since 2017, The Battlefields of Clara Barton has been under creative development here at Northwestern University, the University of Texas, and the Austin Playhouse at the Paramount Theatre in Texas. This workshop brings Northwestern’s MFA and undergraduate programs together to develop the theatrical world of a brand-new musical; all with the writers in the room providing feedback throughout the monthlong process. The creative team will elicit audience reactions after each performance as they continue to refine the piece prior to its ultimate premiere.
Audience Content Warning: loud gunshots, evocation of battle scenes, and references to self-harm, suicide, blood, and death.