Written & Directed by Sara Farrington
March 6-16, 2014
INCUBATOR ARTS PROJECT
131 E. 10th Street
Tickets on sale soon at incubatorarts.org
NOTE: There is nudity in this play.
Lights designed by Cecilia Durbin
Sound Design by Juan Aboites
Stage Management by Stacy Arnaiz
Research Consultant: Gen. Parker Hills
Music by San Joaquin and James Ryan
Drums by Kevin Otto
Additional instrumentation by Jack Marshall
Recorded at Cloudman Labs, East Hampton, NY
ABOUT THE PLAY:
On May 18th, 1863 Union troops (or “Feds”) fell upon the river city of Vicksburg, MS and fought for it until July 4th, a total of 47 days. To escape the relentless artillery fire, mortar attacks and bombardments, the citizens of Vicksburg, mostly women, children and soon-to-be-former slaves, dug and hid in a series of 500 caves in the hills and bluffs of the city. The cave dwellers watched as their city was attacked with some of the most advanced weaponry of the time, including mortars that could travel over 4,000 yards and penetrate 40 feet of Vicksburg soil. If a cave was hit directly, inhabitants were either killed or buried alive. Vicksburg was a Union victory, with 4,910 Union casualties and 32,492 Confederate casualties. Incredibly though, only 20 of Vicksburg’s citizens were killed during the siege because of the safety of the caves. Many first hand accounts of cave life in Vicksburg were written by women, including Emma Balfour, Lucy McRae and Mary Ann Longborough, whose incredible account, My Cave Life in Vicksburg inspired this play.
The play about three completely powerless people hiding in one of these caves: Jane, a middle class Southern woman, her husband’s slave, George, and Jane’s teenaged daughter. As the war rages only inches away from them, Jane and George create their own version of society in the claustrophobic cave, with its own set of rules, boundaries, language and physicality.