The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - Sunday, December 09, 2012

In a Kennedy Center commissioned production, this world premiere adaptation of acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick's witty and poignant novel follows young Homer P. Figg, an orphan who must journey into the thick of the Civil War to save his brother. Age 8+



Run Time:

70 minutes

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A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
Adapted by Tom Isbell from the Newbery Honor book by Rodman Philbrick
Directed by Gregg Henry
Featuring Joe Brack, Veronica del Cerro, Michael Glenn, James J. Johnson, Ryan Mercer, Michael Russotto, and Michael V. Sazonov
During the Civil War, a small 12-year-old boy who never even owned a pair of shoes steps up to become a hero by saving his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg. Then he helps lead the Union to victory! Sound too heroic to believe? It's true. At least mostly true. You see, Homer P. Figg doesn't always tell the whole truth about, well, anything. But from Maine to Pennsylvania, facing Union soldiers and Confederates, Underground Railroad conductors and circus ring leaders, Homer will tell any tale it takes to save his brother. Rodman Philbrick's Newbery Honor–winning novella becomes the humorously staged story of Homer's journey through thieves, spies, and scallywags as he makes his way through history. For age 8 and up.

Note: The 11 a.m. performance on Sat., December 8 is Sensory-Friendly.

Sensory-Friendly Performances are designed to create a theater experience that is welcoming to all families with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Accommodations for these performances include:
* Lower volume and consistent sound levels (no jarring sounds);
* Lights remaining at a low level in the theater during the performance;
* A reduction of strobe lighting focused on the audience;
* An understanding that patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance;
* Short performance times, lasting 60-75 minutes with no intermission;
* Designated quiet areas within the theater;
* Space throughout the theater for standing and movement;
* Smaller crowds and a limited number of visitors at the Kennedy Center during the day and timing of the performance; and
* Trained Kennedy Center staff members who are inviting and accommodating to families' needs.
Families will also have access to resource materials to prepare for their visit. Please contact the Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice/relay) or for more information.


Watch and Listen

"Homer P. Figg" - Interview with the Playwright

"Homer P. Figg" - Who IS This Young Man?

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