The Repeating Arms of Sarah Winchester
Written by Professor Scott Winfield Sublett
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Monday, December 4, at 7pm
Hammer Theatre Center
New Faculty Play About Sarah Winchester Given Staged Reading at Hammer Theatre
A new play, The Repeating Arms of Sarah Winchester
, will be given a staged reading for one night only on Monday, December 4, at 7:00
P.M. in the Hammer Theatre Center (formally home of the San Jose Rep).
Tickets are required, but free, and can be reserved at the San Jose Stage Company
. Free tickets will also be available at the Hammer box office before the reading.
The reading features a cast that mixes SJSU student actors with professionals, and
was written by San Jose State University Professor Scott Winfield Sublett.
The play explores Sarah Winchester’s exposure to the new and progressive religion
of Spiritualism while she is still a young widow residing in New Haven, Connecticut.
The reading will be produced by San Jose Stage Company, in partnership with San Jose
State’s Dept. of Film and Theatre.
The performance will take place in the Hammer’s exciting new “black box” space: the
Hammer4, Hammer Theatre Center. “Formerly a large rehearsal hall, the room is being
transformed to accommodate events such as small, experimental theatrical productions,”
said Chris Burrill, the Executive Director of the Hammer.
In the spring, another depiction of Sarah Winchester will go public when the new feature
film Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built starring Helen Mirren, is released.
“This is not the fictional, kooky Sarah of the tourist attraction house. At this point
in her life, Mrs. Winchester is a rational, well-read, progressive suffragette, searching,
like many Americans were in the late 1800s, for a new religion to replace the harsh
Calvinism of her youth. But never fear, there will be not one but two séances on stage.”
- Professor Scott Winfield Sublett
Written by Anthony Clarvoe
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Tuesday, December 5, at 7pmHammer Theatre Center
Hounded out of his native England, Joseph Priestley hoped to secure a sanctuary along
the banks of the Susquehanna. Would this refugee find America, that great experiment,
to be the true democracy he had championed from across the sea? Would he finally be
free to pursue his religion, his science, and his political beliefs in this new “land
Controversy continued to swirl around him. Revolutionary comrades turned into bitter
political opponents when it came time to actually govern the country they founded.
The immigrant Priestley was drawn into the vortex of America’s first major crisis.
“Freedom of Speech” had yet to be tested, and Priestley’s admirers John Adams and
Thomas Jefferson were engaged in a deeply polarized debate over the fate of our fledgling
nation.Tickets are required, but free, and can be reserved at the San Jose Stage Company
website. Free tickets will also be available at the Hammer box office before the reading.
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