Special Performances

Special performances illuminating the Gallery’s collections or exhibitions are presented to family audiences free of charge.  Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  No advance registration.

Dramatic Performance
Forward, 54th!
Written and directed by Mary Hall Surface

Sunday, February 2, noon and 1:30 pm
Sunday, February 23, noon and 1:30 pm

On the most important day in the life of the young drummer boy Alex Johnson, a member of the proud 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, he was ready to drum the regiment into battle. But his colonel orders him to "fall back." Forward, 54th! presents Alex's search to fill in the missing images—“the pictures that I take when my eyes look deep”—from the day that changed the history of the American Civil War. Alex's quest brings three figures from history to life: the brave Sergeant William H. Carney, resourceful Susie King Taylor, and Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Through interweaving monologues and live Civil War era music, this dramatic interpretation honors the rich stories behind the people and events remembered in Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial. Approximately 30 minutes. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tell It with Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial.


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