At its peak in August of 1864, the brutal Civil War military prison known as Andersonville (Camp Sumter) had a prisoner death rate of more than 3,000 per month. Confederate Commander Henry Wirz was overseer of the camp's horrid conditions, and would later be charged for conspiring to impair the lives of Union prisons. The striking courtroom drama The Andersonville Trial brings Wirz's courtroom hearing to life at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank. Called a "hell-raising heart searcher" by New York News when it debuted on Broadway, this powerful historical play is a provocative study of the moral issues involved in the conflict between man's obligation to authority and to his conscience.
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