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Letters to Medford, A Play about the Future according to the Past
August 14, 2016 – Medford, MA – Back by popular demand, Two Roads Performance Projects will remount their original play entitled Letters to Medford: A Play about the Future, According to the Past at the Medford Historical Society & Museum on September 29, 30 & October 1, 6-8, 2016. All performances are $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors.
Inspired by a letter to the future written by the Medford historian Reverend Charles Brooks in 1855, the play weaves together excerpts from historical and contemporary letters, and brings the past, present, and future together in a tale that is both a charming ghost story and a spirited debate about history and the future. When the spirits of Reverend Charles Brooks, Lydia Maria Child and Lucy Osgood, historical figures with ties to Medford, return to see how the future has turned out, they learn a thing or two from modern-day Medford teenagers who have their own strong opinions about the future. The play is adapted from original letters by Kyna Hamill and directed by Wanda Strukus.
Two Roads is pleased to bring back three cast members to Letters to Medford including Matthew Arnold as Rev. Charles Brooks, Melissa Bergstom as Lydia Maria Child and Nicole Howard as Lucy Osgood. We welcome three new cast members, Joseph Juknievich as Adam, the Archivist, Julia Talbot as Taylor and Molly Weinberg as Emily.
The play will run during the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Medford Historical Society & Museum at 10 Governors Avenue. There will be a special opening night to recognize this event on Thursday, September 29. On Saturday, October 1, the public is invited to a talk-back after the show with the writer, director, and some of the actors at 5:30 PM.
Two Roads Performance Projects, produced the award-winning Dance in the Fells in 2010 and Dance in the Fells: Wrights Pond in 2013. Founded by Wanda Strukus and Kyna Hamill, Two Roads was created to support site-specific and environmentally-base performance. Collectively, Kyna and Wanda have produced, created, and facilitated over 50 theater, dance and movement-based productions.
For more information, please visit the Two Roads website at tworoads.org.
Letters to Medford: A Play about the Future, according to the Past is supported in part by the Medford Arts Council, a local agency supported by the MA Cultural council, a state agency. It is also supported by Medford Historical Society & Museum. We are also proud to be part of Cache’s Arts Across Medford Festival in October 2016.