I played Confederate Captain Billy Pierce in the March 2002 production of Tony-award winning “The Civil War” at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. The show was an account of the times drawn from speeches, writings and other firsthand accounts of those who lived through our bloodiest war. I loved all of the songs in the show which showcased a wide range of staggering emotions.
I’ve had many death scenes in my theatrical career, but this one might be my favorite. The stage was littered with bodies after a battle and Pierce was one of the casualties. As is customary, family members of those who fought inspected the battlefield in search of lost loved one. Pierce’s wife (played by Sarah Barnard) discovers the body of her husband, kneels down to him and sings a heartbreaking song of mourning. Gulp.