History At Play tells British theatre tale

Posted on January 12, 2021 by

Let’s hear it for the women who make history. That’s the philosophy of History At Play, the immersive living history experience that chronicles the lives of legendary women who changed society.

  It was created by Judith Kalaora, who writes solo pieces and portrays historical females like Dolley Madison and Hedy Lamarr. Kalaora also brings in acclaimed actors and historical interpreters to add more personalities to her stable of historic figures, notables who appear virtually every other Friday at 7:30 p.m.in a livestream performance.

  HAP jumps the pond on Friday, January 22, traveling to 18th-century England and the creation of a theatrical empire with “Mrs. Baker, Governess General of Kentish Theatre.” The performance features Kate Mechedou, an actress and historical interpreter, portraying Sarah Baker, a British theatre impresario. Kalaora will host the performance.

Kate Mechedou as Sarah Baker in upcoming History At Play performance.

  Baker was a dancer and single mom who used her business acumen to become one of the most successful self-made women of her day. The performance begins in 1776 as the widowed Baker assumes control of a rag-tag collection of performers. Viewers will experience the delight as her empire grows. But, as with all success, her troubles grow in direct proportion.

  Ultimately, they encounter an older — but not necessarily wiser — Mrs. Baker as she reveals her secret: How could a humble dancer afford to build a successful theatre empire? She muses on her own legacy, including inspiring one of Britain’s greatest writers, as the audience asks itself “who is responsible for creating a myth?”

  The performance lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a real-time audience Q&A.

  Pay-Per-HAP Livestream Series brings the vibrancy of theatrical history and educational escapism direct to your screen! HAP, LLC’s 2021 Pay-Per-HAP livestream programming is presented on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month, at 7:30 PM ET (GMT-5). Episode access is granted at a Pay-What-You-Can rate of $10-$25, available at this Eventbrite link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/o/history-at-play-17409523528Episodes are viewable for 48 hours. BONUS MATERIALS, including primary sources, reputable information, and merchandise giveaways are shared after every episode! No refunds/date transfers. Patrons receive a link to view the program 24 hours prior to the event via email

  Other schedule Winter/Spring performances include Feb 12:  Cato & Dolly: A New American Play (Written by Patrick Gabridge)Starring HAP, LLC Troupe Members, Boston, MA

Feb 26:  CrispusAttucks, Revolutionary RecollectionsStarring Jon F. Rice, Chicago, IL

Mar 12:  Not Your Momma’s History; Starring Cheyney McKnight, New York City, NY

Mar 27:  Mrs. Nathanael Greene (“Lady Caty”); Starring Carin Bloom, Charleston, SC

In the wings

CONSERVATORY CLASSES: All manner of classes from “Folk & Fairytale” to “Teen Improv” to “West African Dance” are scheduled this winter in to spring at the Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Worcester. Over two dozen theatre arts classes are on the docket for kids, teens and adults, plus an array of dance classes that started in September but are accepting new mid-year students. In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, Conservatory staff decided to push out the start of the spring term. It now runs January 25-May 22, and they will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments accordingly. Visit https://tickets.thehanovertheatre.org/conservatory/Online/default.asp for classes and reservations. 

Classes start January 25 both in-person and on-line,

‘DOG SEES GOD’: The characters in the upcoming “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” sound similar to the Peanuts gang — only they are experiencing teen angst and anxieties after CB’s dog dies from rabies and he begins to question the existence of an afterlife. Presented virtually by the Dramatically Incorrect Theater Group & Dance Company of Lowell, performances are Friday-Saturday, January 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. Other dilemmas confronting CB include a burnt-out best friend, a little sister gone goth, an institutionalized ex-girlfriend and pals too inebriated to offer solace. Drugs, suicide, eating disorders, teen violence, rebellion and sexual identity collide and careen toward an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful. To see the show, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2617933421831894/ to make reservations.

SAVE THE DATE: Acclaimed jazz pianist Ethan Iverson performs a livestream concert on Saturday, January 23 from Blackman Hall at Indian Hill Music in Littleton. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit https://indianhillmusic.org/performances/live-from-indian-hill/ethan-iverson/.

Nancye Tuttle’s email is nancyedt@verizon.net

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