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Gloucester Stage Co Presents: Ben Butler
August 14, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - August 17, 2019 @ 9:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until August 24, 2019
Richard Strand’s Ben Butler, a smart and funny discourse on race, protocol and our sense of humanity, garnered high critical acclaim during its Off Broadway run in 2016. The sharply comic play takes place in the middle of the Civil War, 1861 at Virginia’s Union-held Fort Monroe under the command of General Benjamin Butler.
One of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals, Benjamin Butler, a lawyer, championed the causes of labor, abolition of slavery, and naturalized citizens. After retiring from the battlefield, Butler was a settler of Gloucester’s Bayview neighborhood (present-day Ames Estate still inhabited by Butler’s descendants), a presidential candidate, and the 33rd Governor of Massachusetts.
Joseph Discher who helmed the show’s world premiere production in 2014 and the Off Broadway production in 2016, makes his GSC directing debut with Richard Strand’s Ben Butler, runs from August 2 through August 25.
Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.