A co-production with UMKC Theatre
Written by Wendy Lement
Co-directed by Jeff Church & Bree Elrod
Featuring Freddy Acevedo, Yetunde Felix-Ukwu, Jason Francescon, Khalif J. Gillett, Emilie Karas, Chelsea Kinser, Marianne McKenzie & Roan Ricker
January 22 - February 10, 2019
The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing Coterie production. Several stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on solider Private Lyons Wakeman (a.k.a Sarah Wakeman) whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death.
Into Wakeman’s path comes an interaction with Harriet Tubman and Joseph Cassell, who went from slave to Sergeant in the 29th Connecticut Infantry, an African American regiment.
In this unique production, the audience is enlisted to be medical officers who will decide the fate of Lyons Wakeman: whether the medical record will reflect this individual’s birth gender (and thus be denied a pension), or keep history hidden and receive all the benefits of military service.
Length: 65 minutes
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“beautifully penned… inventive… incredibly smart and powerful… mak[es] each audience member dig down deep and make their own choice… one that prompted an important conversation on our ride home”
“a marvelous production… very entertaining and highly educational…[an] important interactive drama”
“asks the audience to decide the fate of the lead heroine in a complex situation… the cast has done a magnificent job… compelling… ideal for middle school and high school students”
Original production designs and illustrations by the Kansas City Art Institute Illustration Department's student staffed agency, MICRO: Secret Soldiers by Jack Meid.