A Civil War Christmas

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel, has crafted what The New York Times has declared “an ambitious, richly detailed and beautiful new seasonal offering.” Set on a chilly Christmas Eve during the latter days of the Civil War, A Civil War Christmas weaves a tapestry of fictional and historical characters, such as President and Mrs. Lincoln — together with holiday music, marches, hymns and spirituals of the period—to tell a story of companionship and communal hope arising from one of our nation’s darkest hours.

This volume features a conversation between the author and noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, commentary on the music of the Civil War and its singing soldiers and excerpts from historical journals such as that of Walt Whitman. A Civil War Christmas, declared “The Best Play of the Year” by the Hartford Courant, premiered in 2008 at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT under the direction of Tina Landau.

“Ms. Vogel manages to humanize most of her many characters in a few crisp strokes of dialogue, so they come across as full-blooded people, glimpsed clearly if quickly, rather than talking statues in a historical diorama.” — NY Times

“Artfully weaves historic details into the play [and] pulls it together with economical writing that reflects the poetry of the day.” — Variety

“Deep-rooted and ambitious…a fascinating interface of history and fiction…boldly inventive theater, warm and affecting.” — Talkin' Broadway

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel weaves a rich tapestry of a beleaguered and divided nation, war-weary and desperate for goodwill on a blustery Christmas Eve in 1864.