Massachusetts
Profile Type: Creative Business
NEFA Grant Recipient
Creative Business
Venue
History At Play™, LLC

History At Play™, LLC was founded in 2010 to chronicle the lives of influential and often forgotten figures and produces Immersive Living History experiences, educational workshops, motivational speeches, and corporate facilitation for audiences across the nation and virtually. The troupe repertoire includes solo and ensemble performances spanning over 200 years of history: From the American War for Independence; to Abolitionism and the Civil War; Transcendentalism and Suffrage; to the Civil Rights Movement; World War II; NASA shuttle missions and much more. We have artists and programs complementing BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ content and personas. All productions are originally produced and copyright protected.

History At Play™, LLC productions are researched, written, and produced by Artistic Director and Founder Judith Kalaora. Kalaora is an award-winning playwright, educator, and living historian. She gradauted Syracuse University Magna cum Laude and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Acting and Performance, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture. Kalaora further strengthened her training at the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre of London, England. History At Play™, LLC is woman-owned and operated, with a commitment to employ like-minded artists worlwide.

Additional Productions available upon request. 2021 Program Manual available. All programs can be performed via livestream as well as in-person and many programs have an Archived Performance Video option that clients can rent for a specified amount of time. 

History At Play™, LLC Solo Repertoire

~ A Revolution of Her Own! Deborah SampsonGender Fluidity, Social Justice, American Revolutionary War, LGBTQIA+, Non-Binary, Women's Issues, Veteran's Rights

~ Rendezvous with Rachel Revere™- American Revolutionary War, The Seige of Boston, Battles of Lexington & Concord, Women's Issues, Military (Commissioned by the Paul Revere Memorial Assoc/Paul Revere House)

MADAM SARAH: A Widow on the Precipice of Power - Medical Innovation, Co-Educational Reform, American Revolutionary War, Women's Issues, Enslavement, Boston Massacre (Commissioned by the Hingham Historical Society)

~ Chit Chat with The MadisonsWar of 1812, Burning of the White House, Madison Administration, Bipartisanism, Americanism (1 or 2 person program)

~ I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone™ Abolitionism, Civil War, Social Justice, Women's Issues, Voter Suppression, Women's Suffrage

~ World War Women: The Unsung Heroines of WWII - World War II, Aeronautical Engineering, Cryptology, Reconaissance, Intelligence, Military Strategy

~ Tinseltown Inventor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy LamarrHollywood, World War II, Spread Spectrum Technology, Wifi, Nationalism/Jingoism, Ethnicity, Women's Issues

CHALLENGER: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe™  Educational Reform, Integration & Diversity, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, Space Exploration & Technology

- COMING Summer 2022 - Diana of LOVE™ - Mental Health Awareness / Stigma, Monarchy, International Relations, Women's Issues, Global Crises (land mines / war-torn nations), Illness Acceptance (HIV, AIDs, Immuno-Compromisation) - 25th Anniversary of the passing of Lady Diana Spencer Princess of Wales.

History At Play™, LLC Ensemble Performance

A Downton ExperienceComedy, Edwardian England, Aristocracy, Labor Force, Labor Rights

~ How Long Must We Wait?Performance Art, Suffrage, Abolitionism, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Women's Issues, BIPOC (Commissioned by the City of Boston and Suffrage100MA)

Cato & Dolly: A New American Play - Enslavement, American Revolutionary War, Women's Issues, BIPOC (Written by Patrick Gabridge, Plays in Place, and originally produced for The Bostonian Society/Revolutionary Spaces)

 

Corporate Facilitation

Improvisational Acting: Building Confidence with Play! Utilizing Improvisation and Playback performance techniques to improve communication skills, establish rapport, foster mediation, and mitigate trauma/stress. Nationally accredited Playback Improvisation instructor Judith Kalaora has been training adults in corporate and community settings since 2012.

Clients

Clients include National Park Service, Wounded Warrior Project, The Bob Dole Institute of Politics, The United States Daughters of the War of 1812, Colonial Dames of America, National Society of the Sons/Daughters of the American Revolution, The Society of the Cincinnati, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, New-York Historical Society, Massachusetts Historical Society, American Antiquarian Society, Partners Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Brandeis National Committee, The Paul Revere House, Old South Meeting House (Revolutionary Spaces), Boston Public Library, Greenville Chautauqua, ZOLL Medical Corporation, HEI Hotels, Marriott International (Pulse Vacation Club), Neuberger Berman, MIT Endicott House, Newton Community Education, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Newbridge on the Charles, Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI), Road Scholar/Elderhostel, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston Jewish Film Festival, The Cabot Theatre, Wood Memorial Library & Museum, Hampshire House ("Cheers"), and many more.

For more information, visit www.HistoryAtPlay.com and follow us on social media @HistoryAtPlay .

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I Have Worked With

  • March 2020

    History At Play™, LLC and the Lexington Historical Society began collaborating in 2018 for a sold-out performance of The House of Hancock™ on Patriots' Day Weekend. The troupe was invited to return in 2019 with an encore performance of The House of Hancock™ for Patriots' Weekend 2019. In 2020, History At Play™, LLC and Lexington Historical Society collaborated twice to produce nationally attended, extremely successful livestream Immersive Living History Experiences: A Revolution of Her Own!™ Deborah Sampson (Patriots Weekend April 18, 2020) and I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone™ (May 23, 2020). Our most recent engagement was a livestream performance of Rendezvous with Rachel Revere™ on April 17, 2021.

  • February 2020

    The Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center booked History At Play™, LLC to perform A Revolution of Her Own!™ Deborah Sampson at a sold out event in honor of Women's History Month 2019. We were invited to return in February 2020 to present I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone™ in commemoration of the 2020 Suffrage Centennial. This was one of the last in-person events we enjoyed before the onset of a global shutdown.

    https://www.theridgefieldpress.com/136235-keeler-tavern-library-present-a-revolution-of-her-own/

    https://www.chron.com/entertainment/article/Keeler-Tavern-Museum-History-Center-presents-14962338.php

  • January 2020

    History At Play™, LLC is a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and performed A Revolution of Her Own!™ Deborah Sampson for a standing-room only audience on January 15. HAP, LLC is a member of Rev250, which is incubated by MHS and Artistic Director Judith Kalaora is featured on the cover of the MHS 2020 Annual Report.

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Judith
Job Title/Position: 
Founder, Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
History At Play, LLC
P.O. Box 120233
Boston, MA 02112
Physical Address: 
P.O. Box 120233
Boston, MA 02112
Last Name: 
Kalaora
Phone: 
617-752-2859

About

Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Film
Media - Video
Multi-Disciplinary
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2010
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Virtual Events
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
250
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Solo Together
North American Campus Activities
Rev250
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Stage Source
Education: 
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Culture
Globe Education Program, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, England
Awards: 
Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Recipient
Bob Jolly Charitable Trust Grant 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020
United Solo Theatre Festival Official Selection 2015
Sea Station Shakespeare Competition (Adult Winner)
2019 Dr. Bobby Gilmer Moss Lectureship Series Award, Sons of the American Revolution
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers provided for livestream performances.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
No Technical requirements
Fee Range Minimum: 
$600
Fee Range Maximum: 
$8,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Foreign Languages
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Literature
Theater
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Adult Education Instructor
Artist in Residence in MA schools (Cedar School, Hanover; Wrentham Elementary)
Fee Range Minimum: 
$100
Fee Range Maximum: 
$500

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
History At Play, LLC Studio
Venue Type: 
Conference / Meeting Room
Venue Address: 
33 Riverview Street
Dedham, MA 02026
Venue Phone: 
6177522859
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Green room
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Sound system
WiFi
Venue Capacity: 
10
Venue Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Venue Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000
Additional Comments: 
This venue is best for parlor plays, livestream performances, meetings, and classes.