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Cato & Dolly at the Old State House Museum

Partner:  The Bostonian Society

Site:  The Old State House Museum, Boston

Dates:  July 6, 2018, runs through September 29, 2018  (112 performances)

Description:  Plays in Place will produce Cato & Dolly, a new 24-minute play commissioned by The Bostonian Society from producing artistic director Patrick Gabridge.  The play examines 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. Two actors play a variety of different roles, in a time frame extending over 50 years.

The script is based on research gathered by The Bostonian Society and the writer, and the production will take place on the Through the Keyhole exhibit that features an installation built by the North Bennett Street School for the original door from the Hancock Mansion.

The show will run 3 times per day, 3 days per week, for 13 weeks, as part of the regular museum admission. Courtney O’Connor directed a cast of professional actors assembled by Plays in Place, with all the design elements managed by Plays in Place.

The Mount Auburn Plays at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Partner:  Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

Site:  Mount Auburn Cemetery

Dates:  Readings and playwriting workshop in September/October 2018. Production in summer/fall 2019.

Description:  Plays in Place producing artistic director Patrick Gabridge is the artist-in-residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery for 2018 and 2019. He will be writing two series of one-act plays to be performed on site at the historic Mount Auburn Cemetery. Plays in Place will develop and produce the plays with developmental readings in the fall of 2018, and then fully produce the play collections on the Cemetery grounds in summer and fall of 2019. Courtney O’Connor will direct the readings and productions.

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831, as the first pastoral urban cemetery, and started a movement that swept across the United States. More than 100,000 people are buried on its bucolic grounds, which serve not only as a place of commemoration and solace, but are also a world-class arboretum and important habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife.