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Native Guard

In partnership with the Alliance Theatre
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
Directed by Susan V. Booth

October 23–24, 2021

Sat., 10/23 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sun., 10/24 @ 7:30 p.m.

Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts
The Wirtz Theater
Chicago Campus

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Ticket Pricing

General Public $15
Senior Citizens (62+) $15
NU Faculty, Staff and Emeriti $15
Full-Time non-NU Students
(under 35 and children) $15
Full-Time NU Students $6 in advance, $10 at the door

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Native Guard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poetry by Northwestern University Professor and Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, will be staged this season as the inaugural production at the newly dedicated Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for Performing and Media Arts in Chicago. First adapted for the stage by Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2014 to sold-out audiences, Native Guard juxtaposes the deeply personal experiences of Trethewey, a child of a then-illegal marriage between her African-American mother and Caucasian father living in 1960s Mississippi, with the experience of a soldier in the Native Guard, the first African-American Union troop in the Civil War who was charged with guarding white Confederate captives. Years after her mother’s tragic death, Trethewey reclaims her memory, just as she reclaims the voices of the black soldiers whose service has been all but forgotten.