A Civil War Christmas

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Paula Vogel penned a fantastic American nativity fable when she crafted A Civil War Christmas. The show takes place shortly after Abraham Lincoln’s second election. It’s the coldest winter anyone in Washington, D.C., can remember. A young slave girl named Jessa has been separated from her mother. The pair was fleeing from their life as slaves in the South. Along their journey, they befriended the famous seamstress Elizabeth Keckley, who purchased her freedom with her skills. Keckley was also a friend of Mary Todd Lincoln’s.

Meanwhile, President Lincoln slips away, riding through the cold on horseback in order to find his wife’s Christmas gifts. He’s on a collision course with a former commander in the Union army now living as a blacksmith. Haunted by the kidnapping of his wife by Confederates, the blacksmith swears to murder any that might cross his path. It’s not lighthearted fare, but it’s a winter’s tale of great merit nonetheless.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Through December 29. Main Street Theater, 4617 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-6706 or visit mainstreettheater.com. $20 to $39.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 29. Continues through Dec. 29, 2013

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