SECRET SOLDIERS: HEROINES IN DISGUISE – The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing production. Several stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, and an escaped enslaved person, with a focus on soldier Private Lyons Wakeman (a.k.a Sarah Wakeman) whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death.
In this unique production, the audience is enlisted to be medical officers who will decide the fate of Lyons Wakeman: whether the medical record will reflect this individual’s birth gender (and thus be denied a pension), or keep history hidden and receive all the benefits of military service.
Written by Wendy Lement, this play tells the true stories of women who fought in the Civil War as men.
First produced by Theatre Espresso in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photography by Christy Francis
Actor Track A – Joseph O. Cassell Roderick Garr
Understudy Talon Powell
Actor Track B – Dr. William Hire Charles McGregor
Understudy Clara Tan
Actor Track C – Sarah Wakeman Hanna Lipkind
Understudy Kaylie Horowitz
Actor Track D Avye Alexandres
Understudy Emory Redfearn
Actor Track E Anika Pace
Understudy Dijae Bradley
Actor Track F Rosa Fernandez
Understudy Jessie Miller
Actor Track G Lucas Colon
Understudy Matthew Mogenson
Actor Track H Andrew J. Brown
Understudy Sean Taylor
Director… Megan Callahan
Stage Manager…Brittany Wysocki
Dramaturg… Melissa Chernowetz
Costume Designer… Jenna Damberger
Set Designer… Donnie Woodard
Light Designer… Brian Cavanagh
Props Artisan… Diane Almeter Jones
Props Assistant… Gillian Cavanaugh
Sound Design… Brian Wantuch
Stage Construction…. Gabe Gutierrez, Aaron Koscielniak