LEANDER STILLWELL is an anti-war play using the Civil War as a point of correspondence to contemporary events. It’s a full-length, story-theater transformational ensemble piece that chronicles a young man’s descent into the horrors of war. Leander’s a young man in Illinois who joins the Union Army. Before he goes, his father asks him for just one thing: to bring home the name of a Confederate Soldier (“Any one at all; go up to him and get his name.”) We follow Leander through four years of war as he travels down to Virginia and down to the interior of his own heart of darkness. By the time he finally meets the soldier, he has come to learn who the true enemy really is.
CAST: The play uses a versatile ensemble of about 12 or 13, inviting gender- and racially-blind casting. All but 3 of the characters should be spread among the smallish cast.
SET: Fluid, cinematic.