Photo Dave Sarrafian
Event Times:Jan 31st – May 6th 2018
Part I: Cold Harbor
January 31–February 11
Under the orders of Ulysses S. Grant, wave after wave of men charge to their death, 700 lost in thirty minutes. Names are put on the young soldiers’ backs to identify the dead; Nurse Lydie Breeze collects their valuables to deliver back home to loved ones. On the bloody battlefields, Lydie meets Amos, Dan, and Joshua, and together they seek a truce to stop the madness of General Grant. On their journey, they uncover whaling ship mutinies, talking pigs and buzzard gods, the Underground Railroad, and Lydie’s long buried family secrets. Out of the chaos of war, they forge a vision for a new life and a new America. Guare’s trilogy opens with this explosive adventure play. Jump aboard, the journey begins here….
Part II: Aipotu
Lydie, Joshua, Dan, and Amos settle on Nantucket to heal the scars of war and create a Utopian commune, Aipotu, that will become a beacon for a new America. Faced with the realities of communal living—What will we do for money? Whose turn to tend to the baby? Where is the cow?—each member grapples with their commitment to Aipotu and each other. Can an unexpected treasure from a dubious source save them, or do the fractures within the group run too deep? As America searches for its new post-war identity, this makeshift family must make room for its inner demons to find a new path.
Part III: Home
The dawning of the 20th century. Nantucket island is slowly sinking into the sea. The legacy of Aipotu lingers on. Surrounded by the ghosts of their past, the next generation grapples with the crumbling foundation of their family. When a strange visitor in black arrives on their shores, the past and present blur, and the sky, sea, and land melt into one. On the beach at night alone, a father gifts his daughter her mother’s journal. Histories are revealed, family is discovered, ghosts dissolve into memories, and the light of utopia flickers again. In this haunting conclusion to the Trilogy, John Guare takes his daring theatrical form to uncharted territories.
See this 3-part epic as a marathon! Marathon dates available April 25-May 6.