An American Musical Celebration 

A Collaboration with Artist Rep  

A Northwest Premiere  

 By Paula Vogel 

Original Score by Daryl Waters 

 Directed by Paul Angelo 

Music Directed by Andrew Bray 

November 22-December 26, 2016 

Artist Repertory Theatre in the Alder Theatre 

Set during a time when the country is divided by conflicting ideologies and convictions following a contentious presidential election, Vogel’s sweeping, music-rich story plays out one frigid Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River. Amid the hubbub of holiday preparations, an array of abolitionists and assassins, slaves and freemen, Union and Confederate soldiers, along with President Lincoln and Mary Todd, all pursue their paths to liberation.

Propelled by traditional American songs, marches and spirituals — all revitalized for this production by luminary Portland musicians — A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS is a lively reminder for people of all beliefs about humanity’s potential for compassion, reconciliation and hope.

By special permission, our production features the new and stylistically diverse arrangements of luminary Portland musicians Darrell Grant, Holcombe Waller, Mark and LaRhonda Steele, Okaidja Afroso, Edna Vázquez, James Beaton and Brian Adrian Koch of Blitzen Trapper. 

These Makers from Art Design Portland (ADX) and Portland Apparel Lab (PAL) created pieces for A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS:


“…unlike any holiday or non-holiday show you’ll see, and it is absolutely brilliant.” 
Meg Currell, EDGE Media Network 

“…buoyed by background music…elements swell gradually into a song, the effect is pure magic.” 
A.L. Adams, Oregon ArtsWatch 


Mrs. Keckley & Ensemble: Ayanna Berkshire*
Ward: Hill Lamon, James Wormley & Ensemble:  Jimmy Garcia* 
Ensemble: Amy Hakanson 
John Wilkes Boothe, Chester Saunders & Ensemble: Val Landrum* 
Mary Todd Lincoln & Ensemble: Susannah Mars* 
Rose & Ensemble: Crystal Ann Muñoz 
John Hay, Lewis Payne & Ensemble: Laila Murphy 
Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman & Ensemble: Ted Rooney* 
Willy Mack, Louis Weichmann & Ensemble:  Seth Rue 
Mary Surrat, Moses Levy & Ensemble: John San Nicolas* 
Decatur Bronson, John Surratt & Ensemble: Vin Shambry* 
George Keckley & Ensemble: Blake Stone 
Raz & Ensemble:  Kai Tomizawa 
Hannah & Ensemble:  Andrea Whittle 
Jessa& Ensemble: Miya Zolkoske 

*Denotes Actors Equity Association



Director: Paul Angelo 
Music Director: Andrew Bray 
Scenic Designer: Tim Stapleton  
Costume Designer: Bobby Brewer-Wallin 
Lighting Designer: Peter West  
Voice & Text Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis 
Wig/Hair/MakeUp Designer, Dresser: Lauren Noyes  
Props Master: Emily Wilken  
Movement Choreographer: Kristen Mun 
Dramaturg: Luan Schooler  
Stage Manager: Jamie Lynne Simons* 
Assistant Music Director: Steven Cantor 
Assistant Scenic Designer: Samie Pfeifer  
Assistant Stage Managers: Karen Hill, Michelle Jazuk 
Production Assistants: Amande Kishlock, Karen Hill 
Wardrobe: Will Bailey  
Board Op: Dave Petersen 

*Denotes Actors Equity Association


Art Design Portland (ADX) Director of Fabrication, piano/harp: Thomas Phillips 
Art Design Portland (ADX) Fabrication Technician, piano/harp: William Wessinger
Portland Apparel Lab (PAL) Textile Artist, set backdrop: Dawn Moothart 
Portland Apparel Lab (PAL) Fabric Dyer, set backdrop: Rio Wrenn


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