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The Battlefields of Clara Barton, an encore screening

June 9, 2024

Sun., 6/9 @ 2 p.m.

Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive



$15 General Public
$12 Seniors/NU Faculty & Staff
$10 Full-Time Students/Kids
$8  NU Students; $10 at the door

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Masks Recommended, No Longer Required for Wirtz Center Audiences

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By Suzan Zeder and Jenn Hartmann Luck
Directed by Rives Collins

The Battlefields of Clara Barton is a modern folk/rock musical about the vibrant life of Clara Barton, a Civil War nurse, a political activist, and a revered founder of the American Red Cross. In a tumultuous life that spanned almost a century, Clara fought on many battlefields: historical, political, and emotional. Brought to life by an ensemble of women playing multiple roles where age and gender are fluid, the threads of Clara’s story run from past to present with seamless synchronicity, creating a rich tapestry of themes as personal and potent today as they were then.  The Battlefields of Clara Barton, originally presented live on the Louis Stage in 2021, will be screened in this encore presentation.

Running time is 2 hours including intermission.

*Best enjoyed by audience members 10 years old and up.

Since 2017, The Battlefields of Clara Barton has been under creative development here at Northwestern University, the University of Texas, and the Austin Playhouse at the Paramount Theatre in Texas. This workshop brings Northwestern’s MFA and undergraduate programs together to develop the theatrical world of a brand-new musical; all with the writers in the room providing feedback throughout the monthlong process. The creative team will elicit audience reactions after each performance as they continue to refine the piece prior to its ultimate premiere.