Just a few recommendations from some of Plays in Place’s collaborators:
As our 2018-2019 artist-in-residence, Patrick Gabridge brought to life well-known and little-known stories of the Cemetery with his project, The Mount Auburn Plays. His plays were thought-provoking, relevant, and beautifully sited within our landscape. Patrick’s work engaged existing audiences, helped us to attract new audiences, and strengthened our relationship with community partners. Ever inquisitive, Patrick was a joy to work with for our staff and volunteers, and his plays helped us see our historic site through a new and dynamic interpretive lens.
Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement, Mount Auburn Cemetery
Patrick Gabridge has been a true joy to work with across two very different dramatic projects, both of which have brought new energy and audiences to Boston’s Old State House. As an artist, Patrick has an intense curiosity about the interior experience of his characters and a remarkable ability to translate this in ways that resonates deeply with audiences of all sorts. What is so lovely is that these same qualities inform how Patrick works with organizations. He is eager to learn what matters to the people he works with: what stories interest them, which values guide their work, what goals they have as they approach live theatre. These elements become central to any collaboration with Patrick, shaping the artistic product but also deepening the organization’s understanding of itself. By any measure, Blood on the Snow and Cato & Dolly have been hugely successful as works of art and public history; producing them with Patrick has helped the Bostonian Society to become a more thoughtful, resilient, and ambitious organization.
Nathaniel Sheidley, President & CEO, Revolutionary Spaces
Patrick Gabridge has a rare combination of skills. An accomplished playwright, he is also gifted in immersing himself in “other people’s cultural worlds” in order to create scripts that conjure those worlds in meaningful ways on the stage. Having watched Patrick work with physicists at MIT prior to transforming a piece of current research on quantum entanglement into a highly effective short play, Both/And, I seriously doubt whether there is any museum or cultural institution on the planet whose special subject matter he is not capable working up for the stage.
John Durant, Director, MIT Museum