"Cato & Dolly" - A New Historic Play at the Old State House
The Bostonian Society announces the world premiere of Cato and Dolly, an all-new live play by Playwright Patrick Gabridge at Boston's historic Old State House, running Friday, July 6 - September 29, 2018. The new play, commissioned specifically for the Old State House's Through the Keyhole exhibition, reveals life behind the door of the Hancock House, Governor John Hancock’s 18th century Beacon Hill home. In addition to viewing the historic door itself, on public view for the first time in decades, visitors to Through the Keyhole will experience the new 20-minute play which offers a glimpse of everyday life behind the Hancock door through the eyes of those who lived there: Cato Hancock, an enslaved person in the Hancock household and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock's wife and First Lady of Massachusetts. Gabridge's powerful site-specific play at the Old State House, Blood On The Snow, had a sold-out run in 2016-2017 and was called “electric and alive” by WGBH’s Jared Bowen. Cato & Dolly premieres on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Old State House and will run for 9 performances per week Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm through September 29, 2018. The play is included in the price of admission to Through the Keyhole at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, MA, 02109. For more information see www.bostonhistory.org or call 617-720-1713.