History At Play, Llc Presents "Cato & Dolly: A New American Play" At Westford Museum & Historical Society
Travel through the threshold of the Hancock House, Governor John Hancock’s 18th Century Beacon Hill estate, into a never-before-seen drama!
This in-person live theatrical event is sponsored by The Westford Museum & Historical Society, 2-4 Boston Road, Westford, MA 01886. Weather permitting the play will be performed outside at the Museum’s new stage, behind the building. Bring a lawn chair. Tickets: $10 per person at https://museum.westford.org/events/cato-dolly-a-new-american-play/.
Cato & Dolly reveals life in a Governor's mansion through the experiences of those who live there: Dolly Quincy Hancock, a Boston Brahmin and First Lady of Massachusetts, and Cato, an enslaved person of color, in the Hancock Household. Cato & Dolly breathes life into their legacies, as well as other Revolutionary-era figure, whose lives intersect at the Hancock House over the course of 50 years (1764-1816). The performance features influential and often forgotten figures, as they live through late Colonial America’s most pivotal events, inspiring new perspectives for an American narrative.
Cato & Dolly : A New American Play by Patrick Gabridge, originally developed and produced by Plays in Place for the Bostonian Society, at The Old State House Museum, in Boston, MA. Novelist and playwright Patrick Gabridge has been sharing stories for more than 30 years. His plays have been produced across the nation, including The Mount Auburn Plays, Mox Nox, Blood on the Snow, Distant Neighbors, and more. Cato & Dolly was commissioned in 2018 for The Bostonian Society, as a highlight of theirThrough the Keyhole exhibit, featuring the original door from the Hancock Estate.
Running time: Approx. 30 minutes. Followed by Real-Time Audience Q&A and BONUS MATERIALS.
ABOUT History At Play™, LLC:
History At Play™, LLC (HAP, LLC), founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Judith Kalaora, chronicles the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Offering solo and ensemble Immersive Living History Experiences, HAP, LLC is woman-owned and operated, with a commitment to employ artists from the region. Kalaora is a professional educator, award-winning playwright, and living historian. She graduated from Syracuse University Magna cum Laude and attended the Globe Education Program, at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London, England.