By Richard Strand
Directed by Joseph Discher
New England Premiere
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. The comedy, set at the beginning of the Civil War, follows Benjamin Butler, a successful Massachusetts lawyer, who has just been promoted to Major General and given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler soon finds himself in the middle of an explosive situation, exacerbated by an equally shrewd runaway slave.
“It’s part comedy, part historical drama and part biography, often all at once, and sometimes none of those…Just call it splendid… exceedingly enjoyable production… In short, it’s a hoot… these men use wordplay that is by turns sarcastic, droll and witty” –The New York Times
“an excellent and engrossing play laced with humor” –CurtainUp
“a fascinating and entertaining historical play… a very significant piece of theater, a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility.” –BroadwayWorld