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Richard Strand's Civil War Play Butler to Make World Premiere at New Jersey Repertory Company

The new historical play opens at the Long Branch theater this June.

(courtesy of New Jersey Repertory Company)

New Jersey Repertory Company, in Long Branch, will present the world premiere of Butler, written by Richard Strand and directed by Joseph Discher. Based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves, Butler is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Butler, set at the beginning of the Civil War, follows a successful Massachusetts lawyer who has just been promoted to Major General. He has been given command of Fort Monroe — a Union holdout located in Virginia in a strategic location between the North and the South — and soon finds himself in the middle of an explosive situation, catalyzed by unexpected appearance of runaway slave Shepard Mallory.

The cast stars Ames Adamson, David Sitler, Benjamin Sterling, and John G. Williams. The creative team features Parks (set design and props), Jill Nagle (lighting design), Merek Royce Press (sound design), Patricia E. Doherty (costume design), Michael Carroll (technical director), and Brad Lemons (stage combat).

Performances will begin June 12 in advance of a June 14 opening and will run through July 13.

For tickets and more information, click here.