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July 6 - September 26

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays
11:00 am | 12:30 pm | 2:00 pm

Visitors to Through the Keyhole will experience an all-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 man in the Hancock household and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock's wife and First Lady of Massachusetts.

In Cato & Dolly, playwright Patrick Gabridge gives life to Cato and Dolly Hancock, as well as other Revolutionary-era figures whose lives intersected at the famous Hancock House over the course of 50 years from 1764-1816. The play follows these real-life individuals through some of early America’s most pivotal events, giving new perspective to the American narrative. Two actors will inhabit the show’s multiple characters, taking us over the threshold into never-before-seen drama unfolding behind the door.

 Cato & Dolly is presented in partnership with Plays in Place, a group of theatre professionals working with cultural institutions to make site-specific theatrical experiences. Gabridge's powerful site-specific play at the Old State House, Blood On The Snow, had sold-out runs in 2016 and 2017 and was called “electric and alive” by WGBH’s Jared Bowen.


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