The Civil War drama, "The Last Encampment," examines the balance between service, loyalty and morality.
Director Steve Vernon said the play, which will run through April 9 at the Cape Fear Playhouse, is inspired by real events in 1865 after Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
Vernon explained there were still armies all over the south that had not yet surrendered in the immediate aftermath of Lee’s surrender.
The play follows the story of members of a regiment out of Alabama who are trying to decide whether to engage in one more battle or surrender.
Vernon said you don’t have to be a Civil War buff to enjoy the play.
“The stresses these soldiers are under and the questions that they have, trying to be loyal to their cause but mostly to each other," Vernon said. "It could take place during any war among any group of soldiers in any period of history really.”
David Anthony Wright, author of "The Hermit of Fort Fisher," wrote the play.
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