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Arena Stage premieres Civil War-related monologues with help from Justice Ginsburg
Arena Stage premieres Civil War-related monologues with help from Justice Ginsburg

Now that the bicentennial observances of the Battle of Baltimore and penning of "The Star-Spangled Banner" are over, it's worth getting back to the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. There is certainly plenty left to learn about that wrenching chapter of our history and its ever-nagging legacy. The National Civil War Project, a collaborative effort involving various cities, arts organizations and universities, has included the commissioning of several theater works in an effort to provide fresh perspectives on the conflict. One of the results is "Healing Wars" by Liz Lerman, who had the original inspiration for the National Civil War Project. Her affecting...

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