Wednesday, February 17, 2010

They’re “Stealing Dixie” at Clayton State Tomorrow Night

Clayton State Theatre Director Phillip DePoy invites theatre and Civil War enthusiasts to the first-ever professional reading of “Stealing Dixie,” his latest commission from Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 in the Clayton State Theatre (room G132 of the Arts & Sciences Building). This event is free and open to the public.

Professional actors - including DePoy’s brother Scott DePoy - and Clayton State senior theatre majors Kalani Fraser and David Henry, will read from the “Stealing Dixie” script. Following the reading, the audience will have the chance to critique the work.

“This is a rare opportunity to see a play in its formative stages before it goes into production,” shares DePoy.

Based on a true Civil War event, the action behind “Stealing Dixie” follows the ill-fated Union men lead by civilian James Andrews as they plan and execute the theft of the Confederate train The General in an effort to end the Civil War without violence. As history records, The General’s Confederate engineer pursued them (at times on foot) until their capture. Given that the men boarded the train in Marietta, it seems fitting that should there be a play written about the event, and that it should be performed where the fateful ride began.

According to DePoy, “Stealing Dixie” uses a two act format to offer “two terrific, conflicting points of view” of one of history’s most notable dichotomies: Act one: the Union; Act two: the Confederacy.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State Univ­­­ersity is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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