Cato & Dolly – Revolutionary Spaces

JUN 17 – AUG 11, 2019

At the Old State House

The names you never knew. The stories you’ll never forget.

The original play Cato & Dolly offers a glimpse of everyday life inside the Hancock House through the eyes of those who lived there: Cato Hancock, an enslaved man serving the Hancock household, and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock’s wife and First Lady of Massachusetts.

Blood on the Snow playwright Patrick Gabridge gives life to the Revolutionary-era figures whose lives intersected at the famous Hancock House. Two actors take on eight real-life characters in a compelling drama that spans over 50 years, staged before the preserved front door of the iconic 18th-century mansion on display at the Old State House.

Unlock the forgotten stories of the past and step over the threshold of history to experience the lives of those who witnessed the dawn of American Independence.

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. This production was made possible in part by the support of the New England Women’s Club.


Upcoming Events

  • Massacre and Memory Tour
    Massacre and Memory Tour
    A half-mile guided walking tour that explores the surprisingly small geography of colonial Boston to uncover the roots of the Boston Massacre and includes entry to the Old State House and Old South Meeting House.
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  • Haunted: A History Slam
    Haunted: A History Slam
    OCT 20: Join us at Old South Meeting House, an almost certainly haunted building, to see storytellers spins spooky yarns supported by cursed PowerPoint presentations for fun, glory, and prizes!
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  • Boston Reconsidered Tour
    Boston Reconsidered Tour
    See how events in our backyard have shaped the entire nation. Trace the ideals of the Revolution through Independence, abolition, struggles for civil rights, and into the present day.
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  • Representation and How to Get It
    Representation and How to Get It
    SEP 28-30: The new one-woman play about Julia Ward Howe performed at Old South Meeting House, featuring unique programs after every performance.
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  • Material Memory: Warren Powderhorn
    Material Memory: Warren Powderhorn
    OCT 4: Witness a recently uncovered artifact from the home of Joseph Warren and learn about its legacy.
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  • The Queen's Visit
    The Queen’s Visit
    Explore mementos and artifacts that commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s historic reign and visit to the Old State House in 1976.
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