Stage 773 presents an unusual hero
Set between 1862 and 1915, ALBERT CASHIER tells the astonishing true story by detailing the soldier’s life. Fighting in more than 40 engagements during the Civil War, the musical follows Cashier through retirement and the onset of dementia, when a life-long secret was discovered: That Albert was born Jennifer Hodgers. Causing an uproar in the small southern Illinois community where Cashier lived, Cashier was prosecuted for impersonating a soldier, requiring fellow soldiers to return once again after 60 years to detail Albert’s heroism and life.
In a recent interview the playwright, Jay Deratany, answers questions:
Picture This Post: Is this play about a female hero who had to hide her identity to fight or is this a transgender man who happened to be a hero?’
Why was this story important to tell? What prompted you to write it?
With so much current focus on transgender individuals is the play about transgender rights?
What message do you hope the play imparts?
After seeing the play what sort of dialogue do you hope people will have?
We need to talk to each other, to understand each other. In this day and age we seem to be shouting and talking over each other, and this is significantly been brought forward by a leader who is truly a bully. We can fight back not with screaming and shouting (although sometimes that's good too) but also with private conversations, with one on one discussion and with truly learning about our neighbors on this earth.
Were there specific challenges to getting a play on this topic produced?
Do you think this registers differently for people who have been in the service vs. those who do not have that history? Did you serve in the military or were/are you close to people who have?
August 31 - October 15, 2017
1225 W. Belmont Ave
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