Haunted By History: A Phantasmagoria

Date: October 18, 2017 - October 29, 2017
  • Old Sturbridge Village
  • 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd
  • Sturbridge, MA
  • 800-733-1830
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Presented By: PJ Griffith

Old Sturbridge Village presents HAUNTED BY HISTORY: A Phantasmagoria, during the Village's regular open hours (Wed-Sun) from October 18-22 and October 25-29). Guests gather outside The Center Meeting House where they meet Dr. Lantornia, a mysterious showman who promises them he can conjure spirits from New England's past in his "Phantasmagoria." He leads them into the darkened meeting house, where they participate in a séance, encountering the ghosts of several New England figures who died in the 19th century with unfinished business, including abolitionist writer Lydia Maria Childs, millionaire industrialist Samuel Colt, decorated naval officer Commodore Mathew Perry, Zerah "The Human Calculator" Colburn and prison reform activist Dorothea Dix. The séance goes awry when we find out all is not as it seems and Dr. Lantornia has ulterior motives for his Phantasmagoria. HAUNTED BY HISTORY is written and directed by P.J. Griffith, who created last year's acclaimed Midwinter Mischief immersive adventure at the Village and starred in the original cast of The Sleepy Hollow Experience. His recent credits include St. Jimmy in American Idiot on Broadway, Leon Czolgoscz in Assassins at Yale Repertory Theater, Sleep No More, the acclaimed immersive theatrical experience Off-Broadway, and Jett Rink in The Public Theater's premiere of Giant. P.J. received the 2010 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Performance for Setup and Punch at The Blank Theater and the 2017 New York Musical Theater Festival Award for Outstanding Lead Performance for Georama. He can be seen guest starring in an upcoming episode of Blue Bloods on CBS this fall, as well as on Gotham, Jessica Jones and The Good Wife.

The cast of HAUNTED BY HISTORY consists of four gifted actors from NYC, led by Jake A. Robertson (Torn Out Theater's Hamlet) as Dr. Lantornia. The performance also features Kirby Cernosek as Lydia Maria Child/Dorothea Dix, Sam Urdang as Samuel Colt/Zerah Colburn and Nathan Pecchia as Commodore Matthew Perry. Adult Admission Admission to HAUNTED BY HISTORY is included with regular admission to the Village [$28 Adults, $26 Seniors (55+), $14 Youth (4-17), and FREE to children 3 and under]. A SPECIAL offer good through October is 2-for-1 Adult admission on weekdays only. The 30-minute HAUNTED BY HISTORY experience runs 4 times throughout the day between 10am-4pm.

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