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  • Apple Pond Farm 80 Hahn Road Callicoon Center, NY, 12724 United States (map)



NACL premieres the newly-completed Courage, an immersive walking journey inside an imagined refugee camp occupied by stilt-patrolling soldiers, and populated by a host of characters that engage the audience along the way. Courage is based on Bertolt Brecht’s 1939 anti-war classic Mother Courage and Her Children, written in response to the devastating rise of fascism in Europe. This NACL musical spectacular tells the story of a mother searching for her lost son, as she advocates for empathy and compassion in an era of fear, displacement, and crisis.

Directed by Tannis Kowalchuk, with music by Rima Fand, text by Mark Dunau and Melissa Bell, and dramaturgy by Mimi McGurl, Courage is a moving theatrical experience, created and performed by a cast of 25 performers, featuring Debra Winger.

Following the performances of Courage in Callicoon Center, NACL will move the production to Governors Island for its New York City premiere, September 22-24 at 2 PM.

“Courage” is remarkable, and I know that this is not the end but the beginning for this wildly imaginative production, which is clearly bound for glory.

My fervent wish is that the rest of the world catches up with those of us fortunate enough to be the first ones on the block. Kudos.
— Jonathan Fox, The River Reporter
Earlier Event: August 18
Later Event: August 20