A Light Under the Dome coming to the State House in August!

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On August 13-16, A Light Under the Dome by Patrick Gabridge, directed by Courtney O’Connor will premiere in the Senate Chamber of the Massachusetts State House, where Angelina Grimke gave her history-making speech about abolition and women’s rights more than 180 years ago. The play features a stellar cast of Thomika Bridwell, Amanda Collins, Marge Dunn, Bridgette Hayes, and Regine Vital.

After four years of research, writing, and development, Plays in Place is moving to the next step in this project we’ve been creating and developing with the National Park Service: Suffrage in Black & White looks at the intersection of race and the fight for woman suffrage and abolition in Boston. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is an additional partner on this exciting project and is our non-profit fiscal sponsor.

Over the next two years, we’ll produce two additional plays:

– A New Era by Miranda ADEkoje, directed by Summer L. Williams at the King’s Chapel Parish House, about the 1895 first National Colored Women’s Convention (July 2025)

– Nothing But Victory! By Ginger Lazarus, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian at Faneuil Hall, about a critical shift in the Massachusetts suffrage movement in the wake of a terrible loss (2026).

This is a lot of plays, with a lot of pieces. In some amazing places, about important and amazing women.

The National Parks of Boston and other partners are providing most of the funding and resources we need, but we still need more support to make these plays possible.

That’s where you come in.

With your donation, you will help fund the rest of the critical expenses needed to get this series off the ground and moving forward. Our goal is to raise $30,000. The good news is that some generous early donors have already given $10,000. We need you to help raise the rest.

Please donate today and help bring these often untold stories to life, in ways and places that matter. We thank you for your support.

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We hope to see you in August for A Light Under the Dome!  (Tickets will be free, but will reserve quickly. We’ll give you a heads up as soon as reservations are available.)

The team from the 2023 workshop of A Light Under the Dome

The team from the 2023 workshop of A New Era

The team from the 2023 workshop of Nothing But Victory!

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