As 2023 winds to a close, we’re grateful for your support of Plays in Place. This year was full of productions and workshops, and next year promises even more (big news below).

This year we worked on projects in various stages of development with the National Parks of Boston, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Historic Beverly, MassBike, Old North Illuminated, Historic Northampton, Harvard Law School, and Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine (State of CT).

We reached more than 2,500 audience members with productions and workshops at five sites. And we were involved with producing and developing more than ten plays of various length.

In doing so, we worked with a lot of theater artists:

8 playwrights

5 creative producers

5 directors

51 actors

4 stage managers

2 sound designers

8 musicians

2 photographers

1 costume designer

We are so grateful to all of these folks for their talent, time, and dedication!

Here’s a quick look at our main projects in 2023 (and 2024):

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The cast and creative team of Nothing But Victory! by Ginger Lazarus, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, preparing for our November reading at Faneuil Hall. (Missing from photo:  the amazing Gosh Darn Brass Band.)

(Yes, the reading featured a live brass band!)

Nathan Johnson (with Evan Turissini and Brooks Reeves in the background) in Revolution’s Edge

by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Alexandra Smith. Photo by Nile Scott Shots.

Revolution’s Edge at Old North Church in Boston

Alexandra Smith directed a fabulous cast (Evan Turissini, Brooks Reeves, and Nathan Johnson, Eric McGowan, and Shifty Celestin) in a new play by Patrick Gabridge, staged in the historic Old North Church on the year of its 300th anniversary. Set on the edge of the Revolutionary War in April 1775, this exploration of the the human side of political division, slavery, and war and its impact on families ran for 14 weeks this summer, for almost 2,000 people.

And the good news is that Revolution’s Edge will return to Old North Church in 2024—running Wednesday through Saturday, from June 7 to August 10!

Pulling at the Roots in Northampton

Plays in Place made our first foray into Western Massachusetts with Pulling at the Roots, a series of three one-act plays by Talya Kingston, Jasmine Goodspeed, and Patrick Gabridge exploring three centuries of Northampton History. Brianna Sloane directed a talented cast of seven (Christine Stevens, Linda Tardif, Bill Stewart, Matt Haas, Tahmie Der, Myka Plunkett, and Gabe Levey) on the grounds of Historic Northampton and in their renovated Shepherd Barn. The plays examined the meaning of home and women’s search for autonomy, breathing life and humanity into the stories often untold.

The two-week run in August and September sold out quickly, but the good news is that Pulling at the Roots will return to Historic Northampton June 19-29 in 2024.

Christine Stevens, Linda Tardif and Bill Stewart in Circling Suspicion

by Talya Kingston, directed by Brianna Sloane. Photo by Frank Aronson.

The cast and creative team at the King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston for our July workshop of A New Era

by Miranda ADEkoje, directed by Summer L. Williams.

The Kittie Knox playwrights (Patrick Gabridge, Kirsten Greenidge, and Claire Gardner)

at the Kittie Knox Community Cycling Center in Cambridge, MA.

More in Development

We are always working on the seeds of new projects. Right now we’re researching a play about a 1781 prison break for the Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in Connecticut, and talking with a few other museums and historic sites as well (looking towards 2026).

How to Support Our Projects

Please attend our shows and spread the word. If you want to financially support our work, MassBike is currently raising funds for the Kittie Knox Plays—we need to raise more than $100K for the project this year. (Click here to donate.)

If you want to support Suffrage in Black & White, please email Patrick Gabridge at patrick@playsinplace.com. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is our fiscal sponsor for this project, so your donations are tax-deductible. We’re mostly funded for 2024, but still need an additional $12K-$15K.

Thank you for joining us on our theatrical adventures. We hope to see you in 2024!

Happy Holidays!

Patrick Gabridge, Producing Artistic Director

Jazzmin Bonner, Talya Kingston, Jess Meyer, and Katherine Shaver

Co-Producers

www.playsinplace.com

Katherine Shaver, Jess Meyer, Jazzmin Bonner, and Patrick Gabridge

at Mount Auburn Cemetery

More images from Pulling at the Roots

Matt Haas and Tahmie Der in Rose by Jasmine Goodspeed   and Gabe Levey and Myka Plunkett in The Optimist’s Razor by Patrick Gabridge, all at Historic Northampton

The Light Under the Dome team and  The Revolution’s Edge team