Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Civil War Comes to Salem Theatre Company

For ONE NIGHT only!


SALEM, MA – Salem Theatre Company’s Season Eleven Second Stage Series gets underway on Tuesday, October 1 with a preview performance of Judith Black’s Our Heritage to Save at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is “Pay What You Will.”

“As Ms. Black prepares to go on tour with her latest work, we wanted to give her an opportunity to put it in front of an audience, “says John Fogle, STC’s Artistic Director.  “Hosting a Judith Black performance is always something we look forward to.”

The Morton Museum of Collierville History in Tennessee commissioned the story from Ms. Black, and Judith is preparing to perform the piece this fall.

“Our Heritage to Save is the story of 17-year-old Hannah Jean Conrad and her family as they struggle with the realities of living in Yankee occupied Collierville, TN during the Civil War. “From her passionate support of the Confederate State to watching her brother and best friend march off on what everyone supposed would be a 30-day adventure,” says Ms. Black, “this story explores the differences of opinions within just one family, certainties that have been denied us in history books, and the resilience of the human spirit to learn and love and grow.”  


Judith Black is a professional storyteller with a national following. Her most recent work includes directing and supervising the script for Searching for my Own True Voice: One Deaf Woman’s Story, by KR Glickman which premiered at the Salem Theatre Company in November of last year. She recently performed for the first time at The High Plains Chautauqua in Greely, CO, bringing Lucy Stone back into the lives of contemporary lovers of history. In 2008, she created Bittersweet Midnight which ran for 15 performances at the Salem Theatre Company and That Fading Scent: A Seditious Comedy About Women and Aging which opened at the National Storytelling Network Fringe Festival, moved to the Caldwell Theater in Boca Raton, Fl, and completed a 12 performance run at the Griffin Theater in Salem, MA.


The Salem Theatre Company was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural and economic life of the Greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater. The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach.

Salem Theatre Company’s Season Eleven is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and will feature Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, A Tuna Christmas by Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, Tom Stoppard’s Heroes (an adaptation of Gerald Sibleyras’ “Le Vent de Peupilers”) and Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine.

The company is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Managing Director Gary LaParl, and Board President Norene Gachignard. Details about tickets, the theater on Lafayette Street and Season Eleven are at


I hope to see you here.


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