Conjuring the Civil War at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON - On Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m., "Conjuring the Civil War," recreating history for the Dorset Theatre Festival production of "The Whipping Man" (by Matthew Lopez), is being held at the Bennington Museum. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and speak with director, Dina Janis; scenic designer, Deb Booth; costume designer, Charles Schoonmaker; lighting director, Michael Gianitti; and director of sound, Jane Shaw. The director and designers will talk about their research, their design processes and share their models and drawings for the DTF production of "The Whipping Man." Funding for this project is provided by the Vermont Humanities Council. Admission to this event is free.

In "The Whipping Man," the Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. Three men are at a crossroads: a Jewish Confederate soldier, who has returned from battle, and two former slaves, who were raised as Jews in his household. As the three men reunite to celebrate Passover, they uncover a tangle of secrets that might cost each man his freedom. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calls this production "haunting, striking and powerful."

The Civil War has a deep history in southwestern Vermont. To commemorate many of the events and people associated with the 150th Anniversary of this period, Northshire Bookstore, Dorset Theatre Festival, and Bennington Museum have created a series of programs, events and exhibits that take place throughout the Shires of southwestern Vermont beginning on May 23 and continuing through October. This collaborative series offers something for all interests. If you would like more details on any of the events affiliated with The Civil War in Vermont, visit any of the collaborative partners' websites,, or or call any of these locations for details. The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9) in the Shires of Southwestern VT.


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