1776

A Senior Project in Theater Studies for Sarah Chapin

by Peter Stone (music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards)

Poster of 1776

Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s musical masterpiece, 1776, chronicles the debate surrounding the writing of the Declaration of Independence during the sweltering summer of 1776. The story follows John Adams, the obnoxious and disliked gentleman from Massachusetts, who champions the cause of Independence in the face of overwhelming resistance. Our rendition of 1776 will not stay rooted in history, but will reflect the world we live in today through a Brechtian and materialist feminist reinterpretation of the American musical. In doing so, we hope to confront the social relationships that exist in 2016 which mirror the historical tensions in 1776. Time and place collide in this space to represent the America we know through the lens of the familiar American narrative we add our voices to. Join as we explore how these two time periods unfolding together onstage comment on how far we have come, how far we still have to go, and perhaps, how little has really changed.

Performance Dates & Times

February 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

February 10, 2017 - 8:00pm

February 11, 2017 - 1:00pm

February 11, 2017 - 8:00pm

Location

Whitney Theater
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Performers

Samuel Chase
John Adams
Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Jefferson
John Dickinson
Edward Rutledge
John Hancock
Abigail Adams/Josiah Bartlett
Richard Henry Lee/Martha Jefferson
Courier/Jonathan Witherspoon
Roger Sherman
Robert Livingston
Charles Thomson
Lyman Hall
James Wilson
Stephen Hopkins
Caesar Rodney/Leather Apron
Andrew McNair
George Read
Joseph Hewes
Lewis Morris
Colonel Thomas McKean

Production Team

Choreographer
Director
Assistant
Dramaturg
Graphic Designer
Hair Artist
Lighting Designer
Assistant
Lighting Designer
Makeup Artist
Master Electrician
Musical Director
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Musician
Orchestra Director
Paint Charge
Producer
Assistant
Producer
Props Designer
Sets Crew
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Technical Director
Associate
Technical Director
Costume Designer