We're one year into the Civil War centennial, and this month marks the 100-year anniversary of the Peninsular Campaign, which represented the Union Army's first full-bore attempt to capture Richmond, the Confederate capital. George McClellan's Army of the Potomac landed at Hampton Roads in May 1862, but over the course of two months, the effort faltered. Meanwhile, on June 1, Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the rebels, turning the tide against McClellan by the end of the month.
So much for the news from the front. This weekend, Barbara Bates-Smith returns to Deep Dish Theater to perform a solo show that is adapted from Civil War fiction produced by three of North Carolina's most important authors: Ron Rash, Lee Smith and Allan Gurganus. Performances begin tonight and continue through Sunday's 2 p.m. matinee. After tonight's performance, Gurganus will join Bates-Smith and musical director Jeff Sebens for a post-show talkback. —David Fellerath