New this fall! Secret Soldiers: Women Who Fought in the Civil War
The U.S. military recorded over 250 cases of women who fought in the Union Army disguised as men. The actual number of women who fought in Civil War was likely much higher. At least three African American women are known to have fought in “colored” regiments. A few cases of Confederate women who fought in disguise are also documented. As our country continues to struggle with gender issues in the military, this play provides a valuable perspective.
The play examines a variety of complex issues such as: the many reasons why women chose to enlist; how the culture and mores of the era helped women hide their identities; and the vastly different treatment that women who were discovered received in the press, depending on their motivation for enlisting. Related topics such as the formation of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment—the first African American regiment in U.S. history—are woven in, as they provide a historical context for current discussions about who should serve in the military and in what role. Women such as Ellen Craft and Harriet Tubman who have Boston connections are included.
Theatre Espresso Honored!
Theatre Espresso received a special award from the Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, an educational trust operating under the aegis of the Social Law Library. This grant will help subsidize performances in our Road to Tolerance program at the John Adams Courthouse for Boston Public Schools during the 2013-14 school year.
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz presented Theatre Espresso with an Official State Senate Citation in recognition of our 20th Anniversary and our “Dedication to Bringing History to Life for Students of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” This is the company’s second State Senate Citation. The first was received in 2012 in recognition of Theatre Espresso receiving a National Endowment for the Arts award to perform “American Tapestry: Immigrant Children of the Bread and Roses Strike” for 8th graders in Lawrence during the centennial of the Strike.