Amanda Collins and Robert Najarian in Consecration. Photo by Corinne Elicone

The America Plays at Mount Auburn Cemetery are now up and running. We had a great opening day on Thursday, and now we’re just hoping for great weather for the rest of the run.

This series of 5 short plays, staged at sites across the landscape, bring to life the drama, philosophies, and struggles shared by Mount Auburn founders Jacob Bigelow, by sculptors Edmonia Lewis and Martin Milmore, and by strong women like Harriot Kezia Hunt and Charlotte Cushman who sought new opportunities beyond the social norms of the time. This journey through the American experience concludes with an immigrant story, featuring some of Mount Auburn’s Armenian residents. Experience the personalities and drama that lie at the heart of America’s first large-scale designed landscape open to the public.

We have a tremendously talented cast, directed by Courtney O’Connor, who has been my main collaborator on site-specific work for the past few years. I’m so excited to finally have audiences see these plays, which are the result of my two-year residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

The show runs Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, through September 22. There are still some tickets left. You can get them here.