Plays in Place works in partnership with museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions to create exciting site-specific theatrical plays and presentations. Our experienced team of theatre-makers work to engage audiences with sites in vibrant new ways, and also provide opportunities for education, exhibit enhancement, and board and donor development. Using input and guidance from our client partners, we write new plays specifically tailored for the sites and instituttions and then fully produce and stage profesisonal productions of those plays.
Most recently, we produced two series of site-specific plays (5 plays in each) at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA--The Nature Plays and The America Plays. Both shows played to sold out audiences and garnered signficant media attention. Plays in Place will return to Mount Auburn in September 2020 for a concert reading of Moonlight Abolitinists, a play about six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn, designed to be perfromed under the full moon. Plays in Place founder Patrick Gabridge was artist-in-residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery from 2018-2019.
In 2018, we created the one-act play, Cato & Dolly, in partnership with the Bostonian Society. This play about unheard voices from the John Hancock household. The production ran for more than 100 performances in 2018 and more than 160 performances over 8 weeks in 2019, and reached thousands of audience members.
Other museum work by our team includes the play Both/And for the MIT Museum, about quantum entanglement, and also Blood on the Snow, about the Boston Massacre in 1770 at the Old State House. (We do more than just history.)