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Five years after Hurricane Katrina and six years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami comes Rebecca Gilman's world premiere based on another major historical disaster--the Johnstown Flood of 1889. Inspired by the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina, A True History of the Johnstown Flood introduces us to The Baxter Theatre Troupe--comprised of siblings James (Stephen Louis Grush), Richard (Cliff Chamberlain) and Fanny (Heather Wood)--who have been summoned to perform at an exclusive resort next to a beautiful man-made lake in the Pennsylvania mountains. Although the troupe's repertoire consists of the romantic trifles typical of the era, James envisions a different kind of play, one that exposes the true struggles of common people. When a violent rainstorm compromises the lake's shoddily constructed dam, the resulting disaster lays bare the tragic inequities of the rigid class system-and paves the way for a seismic change in both theater and society.

Show Details

  • Dates:Closed on
  • Location:Goodman Theatre, Chicago