Partner: The Bostonian Society

Site: The Old State House Museum, 206 Washington St, Boston, MA 02109

Dates: June 17, 2019 – August 11, 2019, July – September, 2018

Written by Plays in Place’s Producing Artistic Director, Patrick Gabridge, Cato & Dolly is a new 24-minute play that examines the unheard voices from Boston’s history, with a focus on two characters from the Hancock household, Cato Hancock an enslaved man and servant, and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock’s wife. The script was based on research gathered by The Bostonian Society and the writer, and the production took place as part of the Through the Keyhole exhibit that features an installation built by the North Bennett Street School for the original door from the Hancock Mansion.

In 2019, Cato & Dolly ran for 8 weeks and 163 performances, engaging a total of 4,186 visitors in important discussions surrounding the real stories of Revolutionary-era Bostonians. Hear what the playwright and critics have to say about this compelling drama.  Cato & Dolly premiered in 2018 at the Old State House with an 11-week run.  The play was directed by Courtney O’Connor.