Cold Harbor

Cold Harbor Main

Premiere: March, 1983
The Public Theater – NYC

Conceived and Directed by Bill Raymond and Dale Worsley
Text by Mr. Worsley
With excerpts from the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent Grant

“…a most creative example of collaborative performance theater.”
– Mel Gussow, NY Times

”Cold Harbor” was a sardonic, socio-psychological probe of Ulysses S. Grant. Mr. Raymond played Grant as a sculpture on display in a museum exhibition. The character came to life in all his alcoholic fallibility, falling out of his glass case and then leading us through his military campaigns, including his cataclysmic defeat at Cold Harbor. While learning about Grant, we also saw tableaux vivants of such Victorian sentiments as Suffering and Virtue, juxtaposed with stark still photographs of the Civil War. ”Cold Harbor” was the centerpiece of a current Off Broadway festival of works by the Mabou Mines, the experimental troupe that is the inspiration for so much that is innovative in the avant-garde today.”
Mel Gussow – New York Times

Tableaux composed by Greg Mehrten
Music by Philip Glass
Set design by Linda Hartinian
Lighting design by B-St. John Schofield
Costume design by Mr. Mehrten
Sound design by L.B. Dallas
Projections by Stephanie Rudolph
Production Stage Manager: Stephen Woody
Audio Engineer: David Martinaitis
Exhibits by David Hardy

WITH

Bill Raymond (Figure of Grant)
Greg Mehrten (Curator)
Rosemary Quinn (Curator)
Terry O’Reilly (Tableaux Captain)
Ellen McElduff (Julia’s voice)
Joe Stackell (Double)
Tableau Performers:
Meg Eginton, Peter Levine, Jesse Kitten, Joe Stackell and Kevin Kuhlke
Michael Riesman (musician)

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC (March 26-30, 1986)
Theatrical Outfit, Atlanta Georgia (1986)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1985)
Owensboro Concert Association, KY (1985)
Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO (1986)
Stockton State College, Pamona, NJ (Oct 6, 1985)
Bardovan 1869 Opera House, Poughkeepsie, NY (Nov 3, 1985)
University of Hartford, CT (Nov 7-10, 1985)
University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Nov 17, 1985)
Northeastern University, Boston MA (Nov 21-23, 1985)
Center Theatre, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (Nov 25-26, 1985)
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (March 11, 1986)
Williams College, Williamstown, MA (March 14, 1986)
Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IO (Sept 30-Oct 4, 1986)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Champaign-Urbana (Oct 7, 1986)
Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA (Jan 14-25, 1987)
Gran Festival Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City (Aug 2-6, 1989)

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