by Peter Stone (music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards)
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
Theater and Performance Studies black box, 53 Wall Street