Smaller theater companies are often willing to take greater risks, such as filling their plays with poetry or building the fourth wall out of bricks. See which boundaries get tested with this GrouponLive deal.
- $12.50 for one ticket to see The Plagiarists present War Song (up to $26.87 value)
- When: any performance, March 20–April 12
- Where: Berger Park Coach House
- Section: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the schedule.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn’t reflect student or senior discounts.
Christian Fleetwood was a scholar, a choirmaster, a publisher, a father, a sergeant in the 4th Regiment United States Colored Infantry, and the winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor. But he had to fight for all that. Notably in his long life of battles, he gave a speech, “The Negro as Soldier,” which defended the rights of all African Americans to serve in the military. War Song picks up on the eve of this speech’s delivery. Fleetwood’s wife, Sara, has bitter objections to his speaking up, so Fleetwood conjures the spirits of Lincoln, Whitman, W.E.B. DuBois, and Susie King Taylor to guide him with their musings about race and their ghostly wails. Fleetwood soon finds, though, that even his heroes are not without prejudice.
To take a deeper look at the issues they raise, The Plagiarists follow Thursday performances with discussion time. Audience members are invited to chat with the cast, playwright Jessica Wright Buha, and their community leaders about equality, the Civil War, or other relevant topics.
“What has gone before is connected to where we are now,” The Plagiarists state on the website, “. . . what seems distant and foreign is also just like us.” But this only touches upon the complexity and thought behind each of the company’s works. The artists behind every performance keep in mind the meaning hidden in the ordinary, the depths contained in what seems simple, scouring literature, visual art, and history for overlooked crannies to shed light on. Then they steal from those sources. But not content to lift the work of others and pass it off as their own, they create new pieces from these findings—thought-provoking performances that stitch together the old and the new to challenge the audience, the actors, and the attending copyright lawyers.
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