Southern California Premiere

Ben Butler

by Richard Strand

Ben ButlerDirected by David Ellenstein
EXTENDED by Popular Demand
Now through November 21st!!

Part comedy. Part history. Inspired by real-life figures. General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma: follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history. It’s a battle of wit and wordplay as the characters spar with each other on respect, equality, and civil rights.

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What the Critics Are Saying

  • Call it splendid.


  • Simultaneously thought-provoking and sidesplitting.


  • This show completely is captivating, a significant piece of theater and a timeless exploration of social conscience and individual responsibility.


  • A must see! Thought provoking, Broadway Quality entertainment.

    Splash Magazine

  • This is a rock-star cast immersed in character, and shining in their element.


  • Ben Butler’ is not only funny, it’s also an entertaining character study of two men whose lives intersected in real life.

    San Diego Union~Tribune

  • It’s not only a gem but exactly the kind of fare that the North Coast Repertory Theatre audience loves to devour. It’s thoughtful, smart, and funny.

    San Diego Story

  • Don’t miss this delightful, thought-provoking, and most of all funny take on an incident that actually happened at the beginning of the American Civil War.

    San Diego Stage and Screen

  • An engaging work brimming with humor and intelligence.


  • It is a must-see!

    From Another Zero

  • A stellar cast.

    Jewish World

  • If history and high stakes legal sparring is your game, I recommend you get into the action as both spectator and witness.

    Carol Davis, Critic

  • Richard Strand’s smart, slick and delightfully entertaining play” which is receiving a superb production at North Coast Repertory Theatre, under the astute direction of David Ellenstein.

    Times of San Diego