When I walked into Cape Fear Playhouse, I thought I went in through the out door. I could hear birds and insects in the background, breathing live trees surrounded the space, and the entire floor was covered in rustling pine-straw. There was a campfire burning (in the "stage magic" kind of way) in the center of the stage. The theatre even smelled like the woods. I spoke with Technical Director Scott Davis and Director Steve Vernon about the play this realistic set was created for, The Last Encampment; listen above.
David Anthony Wright is author of this work; he was also the playwright for The Hermit of Fort Fisher, a popular play produced by Big Dawg Productions last year. The Last Encampment is also a historical look at North Carolina history: the intense 12 hours before General Johnston in North Carolina surrendered to General Sherman. Director/Big Dawg Artistic Director Steve Vernon was drawn to this play because of its human-centered focus on the Civil War, which he says allows the story to transcend the Civil War.
The Last Encampment has a cast of 9 men: Woody Stefl (Mos), Randy Davis (Sam), Rich Deike (Angus), Luke Nemchik (Thad), Thomas Winner (Patrick), Ken Campbell (General Johnston), Eben Mastin (Colonel Holloway), Rob Winner (Major Parker), John Wolfe (Colonel Wilcox).