August 12 - September 29

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday
11 AM | 1 PM | 3 PM

By Cliff Odle
Directed by Jon Ferreira


In Boston in 1774, the Sons of Liberty cry out for freedom from tyranny. But for the thousands of men, women, and children enslaved in Massachusetts, the words “liberty” and “freedom” have a very different meaning. Abolitionist and free black man Prince Hall knows that the people are hungry for change, but will the men in power listen? And how much suffering will this country endure if they cannot end this injustice now?

Two actors take on half a dozen characters in this immersive theatrical experience staged in the Council Chamber of the Old State House. Audience members will have the opportunity to offer the testimony of real Boston colonists in the room where Prince Hall met with the Royal Governor to push for an end to the slave trade in Massachusetts.

Entrance is included with general admission to the Old State House.

This program runs approximately 30 minutes.

Please be aware that space is limited.

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  • How do I get to the Old State House?
    Please visit our Maps & Directions page.

  • Where is The Petition being performed?
    Performances take place in the Council Chamber, on the second floor of the Old State House, up the spiral staircase.

  • Are there any accessibility concerns to attend the performance?
    Please visit our Accessibility FAQs.

  • Is the performance appropriate for children?
    We recommend this performance for children ages 8 and up. There is no explicit language or imagery, but there are themes of slavery discussed.

  • Why are there multiple actors listed for each role?
    The play is performed by two actors at a time from a rotating cast. Any given performance may have a different arrangement of actors in the cast.

  • Is there a talkback after the show?
    Each performance features an opportunity to discuss the content of the play with the cast and a member of the Bostonian Society staff.

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