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BUTLER
A New York City Premiere
Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award
American Theatre Critics Steinberg Award Finalist

Written by Richard Strand

Directed by Joseph Discher
 

cast

Ames Adamson
David Sitler
Benjamin Sterling
John G. Williams
 

set design by Jessica Parks
lighting design by Jill Nagle
sound design by Steve Beckel
costume design by Patricia E. Doherty
properties by Jessica Parks
technical director, Brian P. Snyder
stage manager, Rose Riccardi
fight director, Brad Lemons

It's the start of the Civil War and lawyer Benjamin Butler was just promoted to the rank of Major General at Fort Monroe, a Union hold-out in the state of Virginia. Shepard Mallory, an escaped slave, seeks sanctuary at the fort. However, the law of the land has not yet changed — slaves still are considered property and must be turned over to their "rightful owners." Does Butler follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history? Based on actual events, this powerful comedic-drama, called "Splendid" by The New York Times during its run at New Jersey Repertory Company, arrives at 59E59 for its NYC premiere.

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