GW, Arena Stage Conference looks at War, and Art of Portraying it

Viewing the Civil War through the prism of theater, dance and music is the focus of a two-day academic conference next week at George Washington University, which is co-sponsoring the event with Arena Stage, producers of Liz Lerman’s forthcoming “Healing Wars,” with Bill Pullman.

The National Civil War Project Conference on April 21 and 22 will bring together musicians, theater artists, historians and other scholars to discuss the war and its aftermath, and explore in a series of workshops new avenues of artistic expression, in grasping the significance of landmark historical events.

Among the speakers and workshop presenters will be historian James Swanson, author of  “Manhunt, the 12-day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer”; Thembi Duncan, producing artistic director of D.C.’s African Continuum Theatre, and director-choreographer Lerman, whose danced performance piece about those who treat the wounded in war debuts at Arena Stage in June.

Admission to the conference, which runs from 9:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, is free.




Peter Marks joined the Washington Post as its chief theater critic in 2002. Prior to that he worked for nine years at the New York Times, on the culture, metropolitan and national desks, and spent about four years as its off-Broadway drama critic.
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