Northwestern Events Calendar

Oct
23
2021

NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Central

Where: Abbott Hall, 203, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Ticket Prices: General $30, Senior Citizen $27, NU faculty, staff and Emeriti $25, Full time- non NU students (under 35) and kids $12, Full Time NU students (under 35) $6 or $10 at door.

Contact: Wirtz Center   (847) 491-7282

Group: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts

Category: Fine Arts

Description:

NATIVE GUARD, in partnership with the Alliance Theatre
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
Directed by Susan V. Booth
October 23–24, 2021 (Limited Seating)
Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts, The Wirtz Theater, Chicago Campus
710 N. Lake Shore Drive

 
Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be staged this season as the inaugural production at the newly dedicated Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts in Chicago. First adapted for the stage by Atlanta's Alliance Theatre in 2014 to sold-out audiences, Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother's tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.

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