Moonlight Abolitionists – A Play for the Full Moon

September 8, 2022

Moonlight Abolitionists

Written by Patrick Gabridge
A Concert Reading Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Produced in partnership with Plays in Place, LLC

Join us for a site-specific outdoor concert reading of a one-act play by playwright Patrick Gabridge designed to be performed at the Cemetery under the light of the full moon. Moonlight Abolitionists is a swirling conversation between six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn: Samuel Gridley Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Joshua Bowen Smith, George and Mary Stearns, and Charles Turner Torrey. This fascinating mix of men and women, some well-known and others far less so, made enormous sacrifices for the cause of freedom.


Approximate run time: 45 minutes

Tickets are $28 per person ($25 for members). Advance registration required.

Location: Bigelow Chapel Lawn
Rain Location: Bigelow Chapel


Thursday, October 6, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Friday, October 7, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 8, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 9, 6:30 & 8:30 pm


What time should I arrive?
You will be arriving to the Cemetery after closing time, however the main gate at 580 Mount Auburn St. will be open for attendees.  Please plan to be at the Cemetery at least 15 minutes before your showtime so you have ample time to park, use the restroom and check in. 

Is there parking?
Yes, when you arrive security will direct you to parking.  You may wish to bring a flashlight to get to and from your car as it will be dark.

Is there a student/senior rate?
No, the only discounted ticket rate is for members of the Friends of Mount Auburn. Learn more about becoming a member.

Do I need to print my ticket?
No, we will have your name on our attendee list.

If I cannot make it to the show, are my tickets refundable?
If you request a refund at least 48 hours before the show, we will refund your ticket price minus the processing fee by Eventbrite. 

Is the play canceled if it is raining?
No, in the event of rain, the play will be held inside Bigelow Chapel.

Is the play handicap accessible?
The play will take place on the lawn in front of Bigelow Chapel, a short distance from where you will be directed to park.  If you have mobility issues, please call us at 617-607-1980 to discuss in more detail.

Will there be amplification?
No, the actors do not use microphones.  However, they will speak loudly so they can be heard by all.  And we intentionally keep the audience size small so that everyone has a good seat and can hear the dialogue.

Do I need to bring my own chair?
No, we will provide chairs for every attendee.

Are restrooms available?
There are accessible public restrooms in Bigelow Chapel.

Can I take photos?
Once the performance has begun, we ask that you turn off your cell phones, and put away other electronic devices.  Photos are not allowed during the performance.

Is the show appropriate for children?
The play is best suited for adults and high-school age students.

About Patrick Gabridge, Playwright:

Playwright Patrick Gabridge is an award-winning writer of historical and contemporary stage plays, novels, audio plays, and screenplays. His short plays have been produced more 1,000 times in theaters and schools in 14 different countries around the world and appear in various anthologies. His recent site-specific works include Blood on the Snow and Cato & Dolly for The Bostonian Society/Old State House, and Both/And: A Quantum Physics Play for the MIT Museum. In 2018 Gabridge launched Plays in Place, a new company that works in partnership with museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions to develop and produce site-specific theatrical plays and presentations to help engage, entertain, and enlighten visitors in new and vibrant ways. Gabridge served as the 2018 – 2019 Artist in Residence of Mount Auburn.  The Mount Auburn Plays were presented in partnership with Plays in Place as one of the company’s inaugural projects.

For more information about playwright Patrick Gabridge please see; to commission a site-specific work for a museum, historic site, or other cultural institution see

Moonlight Abolitionists is supported in part by a grant from the Watertown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust.


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