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.


Other Performances

Boston Tea Party Reenactment
Boston Tea Party Reenactment

DEC 16

5,000 colonists met at the Old South Meeting House to decide the fate of three shiploads of tea.

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Past Performances

Blood on the Snow
Blood on the Snow

JUN - AUG, 2017

The immersive theatrical experience at the Old State House.

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The Petition
The Petition

AUG 12 - SEP 29, 2019

Abolitionist and free black man Prince Hall knows that the people are hungry for change, but will the men in power listen?

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Cato & Dolly
Cato & Dolly

AUG 12 - SEP 29, 2019

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.

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