Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage will host the world premiere of MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Liz Lerman's Healing Wars, a theatrical dance piece that examines the damaging impact of war and the healing that follows. Performances will run from June 6-29 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.
Part of The National Civil War Project, the production features a company of performers in multiple roles, including Marjani Forte, George Hirsch, Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, Ted Johnson, Alli Ross, Samantha Speis, Keith A. Thompson, stage and film actor Bill Pullman, and a combat veteran to be announced at a later date.
"Healing Wars is a powerful piece designed to help us build a dialogue around war and healing through art," says Artistic Director Molly Smith. "Liz leads us with her innovative collaborative style merging dance, theater and music."
Lerman adds, "I started Healing Wars while artist-in-residence at Harvard in 2011, and am so happy to now be bringing the premiere to Arena Stage... At an intimate scale, this work is about bodies: what they bear, what they cannot bear, how we hide them and honor them when they die, how we patch them up while they live."
The creative team for Healing Wars includes sound design by Darron L. West, scenic and costume design by David Israel Reynoso, lighting design by Heidi Eckwall, and video by Kate Freer. The piece is conceived and directed by Lerman, with choreography developed by Lerman and Keith A. Thompson in collaboration with the performers.