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THE TRIAL OF MRS. SURRATT

A New Play with Music by Lanie Robertson
Directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito
Music Direction by Matthew Tillett

The Trial of Mrs. Surratt gives new life to an important piece of American history and what it means to be loyal to your country. As relevant today as in 1865."  

 -D.C. Theatre Scene

The Trial of Mrs. Surratt, a new play with music written by Broadway playwright Lanie Robertson, is an exploration of the lives of those infamously dubbed as the "Lincoln Conspirators". This play challenges audiences to examine this tale of American history from the perspective of its most misunderstood historical figures. Based on actual dinner table conversations, federal trials and journal entries, this piece explores 1865 post-Civil War America in a way most have never imagined. 

Never published or produced before;  Mr. Robertson brought this play to Wandering's Artistic Director, Natalie Villamonte Zito, for her to develop and bring to life with the Company. In 2016 we spent six months developing/creating this beautiful piece of theatre and had two workshop productions in Vermont & in Washington, D.C.. After a brief hiatus from the world of Surratt, we are ready to return to the developmental process of this play and to showcase the work in a limited Off-Off Broadway engagement slated for Spring 2019.   



NEXT PRODUCTION SCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2019 

"We are honored to be the first to work on the development of this revolutionary new play and to be a part of its journey in our American Theatrical Cannon."

 - Artistic Director, Natalie Villamonte Zito 




The Sound of Surratt

All songs within the play “The Trial of Mrs. Surratt” are historic Civil War battle hymns. The Wandering Theatre Company was inspired with a whole new vision for these songs. Our director’s original inspiration came from the Virginia music group The Steel Wheel’s “Rain in the Valley”, “Promised Land”, “Surround Me” & Delta Rae’s “Bottom of the River.” Our modern Appalachian folk sound was developed in early rehearsals through ensemble music work. All songs have been re- imagined, re- arranged, and created anew by Matthew Tillett, Natalie Villamonte Zito & The Wandering Theatre Company.

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"An ambitious performance. The blocking and attention to detail throughout the performance is just delicious.” 
- D.C. Metro Theater Arts