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Unknown Soldier

  • Credits

    Book by Daniel Goldstein
    Music by Michael Friedman
    Lyrics by Michael Friedman and Daniel Goldstein
    Directed by Trip Cullman
    By Special Arrangement with Hunter Arnold

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

  • Run Time

    Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes without an intermission

  • Program
"A thoughtful, history-spanning portrait...that celebrates the urge to fully know people."

— The New York Times

Cleaning out her grandmother’s home, Ellen Rabinowitz discovers a mysterious photograph of a soldier, tucked away in a box of keepsakes. And so begins this sweeping, heartfelt musical about one woman’s journey to unearth the secrets buried in her family’s past. Spanning three generations, Unknown Soldier unravels a delicate tangle of family lore, as Ellen chases the extraordinary story that unlocks her history—and charts her future.

Please note this production includes strobe lights, theatrical haze, and smoking of herbal cigarettes.

Unknown Soldier is made possible through generous funding from  with additional support from Patricia and David FisherCatherine and Chris Guttman-McCabe, and Herb and Dianne Lerner.

Cast

KERSTIN ANDERSON

Lucy Lemay

RIGLEE RUTH BRYSON

Young Ellen/Lucy Rabinowitz

ADAM CHANLER-BERAT

Andrew Hoffman

LORA LEE GAYER

Ellen Rabinowitz

AMY GRIFFIN

Swing / u/s Lucy Anderson

NEHAL JOSHI

Doctor

JUDY KUHN

Lucy Anderson

CANDICE SHEDD-THOMPSON

Ensemble / u/s Lucy Lemay, Ellen Rabinowitz

PERRY SHERMAN

Francis Grand

JORDYN TAYLOR

Swing

WOOD VAN METER

Swing / u/s Francis / Dance Captain

ELIZABETH VARGO

u/s Young Ellen/Lucy Rabinowitz

RONALD JOE WILLIAMS

Ensemble / u/s Doctor

TAYLOR WITT

Ensemble / u/s Andrew

SUMIÉ YOTSUKURA

Ensemble

Creative

DANIEL GOLDSTEIN

Book and Lyrics

MICHAEL FRIEDMAN

Music, Lyrics, and Orchestrations

TRIP CULLMAN

Director

PATRICK McCOLLUM

Choreographer

MARCO PAGUIA

Orchestrations/Music Supervision

JULIE McBRIDE

Music Supervision

CHRIS KONG

Music Director

MARK WENDLAND

Set Designer

JACOB A. CLIMER

Costume Designer

BEN STANTON

Lighting Designer

LEON ROTHENBERG

Sound Designer

LUCY MACKINNON

Projection Designer

J. JARED JANAS

Hair, Wig, and Makeup Designer

SUSANNA WOLK

Associate Director

FRANCINE ESPIRITU

Associate Choreographer

PETER LEIGH-NILSEN

Associate Music Director/Conductor/ Piano

OTIS RAMSEY-ZÖE

Dramaturg

JOSEPH PINZON

Casting Director

THE TELSEY OFFICE

New York Casting

LISA ANN CHERNOFF

Stage Manager

DAYNE SUNDMAN

Assistant Stage Manager

HUNTER ARNOLD

Producer

Photos

Judy Kuhn in "Unknown Soldier". Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Lora Lee Gayer, Kerstin Anderson, and Adam Chanler-Berat in "Unknown Soldier". Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Adam Chanler-Berat and Lora Lee Gayer in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Sumié Yotsukura, Perry Sherman, and Taylor Witt in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Lora Lee Gayer and Adam Chanler-Berat in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Lora Lee Gayer and Adam Chanler-Berat in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Adam Chanler-Berat, Taylor Witt, Candice Shedd-Thompson, Nehal Joshi, Sumié Yotsukura, and Ronald Joe Williams in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Ronald Joe Williams, Perry Sherman, Kerstin Anderson, and Taylor Witt in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Judy Kuhn, Riglee Ruth Bryson, Kerstin Anderson, and Lora Lee Gayer in "Unknown Soldier". Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Perry Sherman and Kerstin Anderson in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
Perry Sherman and Nehal Joshi in “Unknown Soldier”. Photo by Kian McKellar.
Candice Shedd-Thompson, Sumié Yotsukura, Taylor Witt, and Ronald Joe Williams in Unknown Soldier. Photo by Kian McKellar.
Lora Lee Gayer Williams in Unknown Soldier. Photo by Kian McKellar.
Kerstin Anderson in Unknown Soldier. Photo by Kian McKellar.
Kerstin Anderson in Unknown Soldier. Photo by Kian McKellar.
Perry Sherman and Kerstin Anderson in Unknown Soldier. Photo by Kian McKellar.

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