"The March" (Steppenwolf Theatre): Part History, Part Saga and All Spectacle

 

(front) General William Tecumseh Sherman (Harry Groener) and (right) Major Morrison (Cliff Chamberlain) watch the battle from afar with several other Union soldiers in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of The March, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, adapted and directed by ensemble member Frank Galati. The March runs April 5 – June 10, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St).

#82.  Spring in Chicago 2012 will be remembered as epic.  Three of the major theatre companies are mounting large ensemble productions.  Court premiered Angels in America -Part 1 & 2.  Goodman is in final rehearsals for The Iceman Cometh.  And over(left to right) Coalhouse Walker (ensemble member James Vincent Meredith) and Wilma (ensemble member Alana Arenas) discuss the difficulties of being newly freed and plan a future for themselves in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of The March, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, adapted and directed by ensemble member Frank Galati. The March runs April 5 – June 10, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St).on Halsted…

Steppenwolf Theatre presents the world premiere of The March.  It’s the Civil War in 1864.  General William Tecumseh Sherman has invaded Georgia.  Southerners react to the destructive march across the state. Confederate soldiers flip allegiance.  Slaves use the chaos to escape.  Occupied plantations house union soldiers.  Belles become nurses to heal the bloody mess.  People are dying.  People are deserting.  People are demolishing their own civilization. Still, the march goes on.  The March chronicles the final days of the Civil War.  It’s part history, part saga and all spectacle.

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Echoing the final words of the show, Dick describes it with "I am free!"

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