Our War, directed by Anita Maynard-Losh, is a series of monologues written by 25 award-winning American playwrights themed on the U.S. Civil War at Arena Stage. The show is part of the multi-year, multi-city National Civil War project. The monologues are broken into two series: “Stars” and “Stripes” with 18 monologues included in each series. There are a total of 25 monologues, so there is some overlap between the two series. An ensemble of actors read the monologues – Kelly Renee Armstrong, Ricardo Frederick Evans, John Lescault, Tuyet Pham, Lynette Rathnam, and Sara Waisanen. Guest performers include over 30 notable leaders from the District community.
On Opening Night last Friday, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the special guest performer and read “That Boy”, which was one of my favorite monologues. Of the 18 monologues performed on Opening Night, I enjoyed “That Boy”, “Context”, “Fourteen Freight Trains”, and “The Grey Rooster” the most. Although some monologues were better than others, overall I thought the idea was well executed. I saw the “Stars” series, but would be interested in seeing “Stripes” as well.
Our War runs from October 21 until November 9 at the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. Tickets are available here.