The Lady of Zouave, written by Nicole Wanga and Linda Kirkpatrick, will make its world premiere at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre Aug. 11-13.

The musical is loosely based on the life of Cathay Williams, who lived from 1844-1893, and was the only woman known to serve as a Buffalo Soldier, and the first African-American woman to enlist in the United States Army.

Directed by Cyd Prather, The Lady of Zouave takes place in 1866, one year after the end of the Civil War, when Cathay Williams, newly-freed and determined to build a life for herself on her own terms, joins the army under the male pseudonym of William Cathay.

The playwrights use excerpts from Williams’ notable St. Louis Daily Times interview throughout the play to further the story.

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Photo: The Lady of Zouave bows in August.