Communique: Final Hours Of The Civil War In NC | "The Last Encampment"
When I walked into Cape Fear Playhouse, I thought I went in through the out door. I could hear birds and insects in the background, breathing live trees surrounded the space, and the entire floor was covered in rustling pine-straw. There was a campfire burning (in the "stage magic" kind of way) in the center of the stage. The theatre even smelled like the woods. I spoke with Technical Director Scott Davis and Director Steve Vernon about the play this realistic set was created for, The Last Encampment; listen above.
Big Dawg Productions presents "The Last Encampment" by David Anthony Wright at Cape Fear Playhouse. Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8:00pm, Sundays @ 3:00pm through April 9th (no show on Sunday, March 26)
David Anthony Wright is author of this work; he was also the playwright for The Hermit of Fort Fisher, a popular play produced by Big Dawg Productions last year. The Last Encampment is also a historical look at North Carolina history: the intense 12 hours before General Johnston in North Carolina surrendered to General Sherman. Director/Big Dawg Artistic Director Steve Vernon was drawn to this play because of its human-centered focus on the Civil War, which he says allows the story to transcend the Civil War.
The Last Encampment has a cast of 9 men: Woody Stefl (Mos), Randy Davis (Sam), Rich Deike (Angus), Luke Nemchik (Thad), Thomas Winner (Patrick), Ken Campbell (General Johnston), EbenMastin (Colonel Holloway), Rob Winner (Major Parker), John Wolfe (Colonel Wilcox).