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History At PlayTM, LLC Reveals Life in the Hancock House of Boston

February 12 EST

History At PlayTM, LLC Reveals Life in the Hancock House of Boston, Cato & Dolly: A New American Play – a Pay-Per-HAP Ensemble Event Featuring Stephen Sampson as Cato and Laura Rocklyn as Dolly Quincy Hancock.

Cato & Dolly: A New American Play was written by Playwright Patrick Gabridge, originally developed and produced by Plays in Place, for the Bostonian Society, at The Old State House Museum, in Boston, Mass.

LIVESTREAM EVENT Friday Feb. 12, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.

$10-$25 Pay-What-You-Can

History At PlayTM, LLC (HAP, LLC) has garnered international applause for their Immersive Living History Experiences, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten figures. On Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, travel through the threshold of the Hancock House, Governor John Hancock’s 18th Century Beacon Hill estate, into a never-before-seen drama. Cato & Dolly: A New American Play features HAP, LLC Troupe members and professionally trained actors Stephen Sampson as Cato, an enslaved person of color in the Hancock household, along with Laura Rocklyn as Dolly Quincy Hancock, a Boston Brahmin and First Lady of Massachusetts. This Pay-Per-HAP livestream event is produced by HAP, LLC, and hosted by Founder and Artistic Director Judith Kalaora. Join us on Pay-Per-HAP as we livestream direct to you! (Episode #41)

Pay-Per-HAP Episodic Livestream Series brings the vibrancy of theatrical history and educational escapism direct to your screen! HAP, LLC’s 2021 Pay-Per-HAP series is presented on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, at 7:30 p.m. Episode access is granted at a Pay-What-You-Can rate of $10-$25, available at Episodes are viewable for 48 hours. BONUS MATERIALS, including primary sources, reputable information and merchandise giveaways are shared after every episode! No refunds/date transfers. Patrons receive a link to view the digital program 24 hours prior to the event via email.

In Cato & Dolly: A New American Play, Pay-Per-HAP reveals life in a Governor’s mansion, through the experiences of those who reside there: Dolly Quincy Hancock, wife to Governor John Hancock and First Lady of Massachusetts, and Cato, an enslaved person of color. Cato & Dolly breathes life into their legacies, as well as other Revolutionary-era figures, whose lives intersect at the Hancock House over the course of 50 years (1764-1816). The performance features influential and often forgotten figures, as they live through late Colonial America’s most pivotal events, inspiring new perspectives for an American narrative.

Production Bios:

Stephen Sampson (Cato): Stephen Sampson is an actor, spoken word poet and playwright. As a theatre education advocate, Stephen assists youth and adults in urban areas to access theatre education and performance training. Stephen has been featured in commercials, films and stage plays. He earned an Associates Degree in Theatre Arts from Bunker Hill Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre & Performance from Emerson College. Stephen believes the words of Augusto Boal, “We must all do theatre, to find out who we are and to discover who we could become.”

Laura Rocklyn (Dolly): Laura Rocklyn is an actress, writer and first-person historical interpreter, based in Boston, Mass. She received her MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting, at The George Washington University, and holds a Shakespeare Certificate from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed with regional theater companies along the East Coast, including The Folger Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare and The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Laura has worked as an historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg and The Smithsonian.

Patrick Gabridge (Playwright): Playwright and novelist Patrick Gabridge has been sharing stories for over 30 years. His plays have been produced across the country, including: The Mount Auburn Plays, Mox Nox, Blood on the Snow, Distant Neighbors and more. Cato & Dolly was commissioned in 2018 for The Bostonian Society, as part of their Through the Keyhole exhibit.

About Pay-Per-HAP

HAP, LLC’s Pay-Per-HAP performances are livestream events on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, featuring original productions from the company’s critically acclaimed repertoire, hosted by HAP, LLC Founder and Artistic Director, Judith Kalaora, plus International Guest Artists and Exclusive Workshops. Each episode is conducted in authentic period attire, with vintage props and professionally designed sets. Based on primary source research, History At Play™, LLC has been embraced by the historical, educational and theatrical communities, with high-caliber programming, offering an unique opportunity to ask questions of influential and often forgotten historic figures.

Become a 2021 Passholder! The Pay-Per-HAP 2021 Pass is your ticket to LIVE programming; performances by International Guest Artists, Exclusive Workshops, Giveaways and Merchandise Offers! Purchase a 2021 Pass at this Eventbrite link:

Pay-Per-HAP 2021 Winter/Spring Performances: All episodes stream Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Feb 12:  Cato & Dolly: A New American Play (Written by Patrick Gabridge); Starring HAP, LLC Troupe Members, Boston, MA

Feb 26:  Crispus Attucks, Revolutionary Recollections; Starring Jon F. Rice, Chicago, IL

Mar 12:  Not Your Momma’s History; Starring Cheyney McKnight, New York City, NY

Mar 27:  Mrs. Nathanael Greene (“Lady Caty”); Starring Carin Bloom, Charleston, SC


About History At PlayTM, LLC: HAP, LLC has garnered international attention for their one-woman and ensemble Immersive Living History Experiences, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Since 2010, the HAP, LLC Troupe has brought the legacies of great heroines to life in museums, libraries, corporations, universities, historical societies and senior communities across the U.S. Josh Lederman, NBC News Political Correspondent, attests: “History At Play connects the dots between the characters that made up our past and the events they shaped that still influence our lives.” Now offering Immersive Livestream Experiences to audiences internationally! To learn more, or to book an in-person, or a LIVESTREAM event, visit, or, on Facebook, @HistoryAtPlay.


February 12
7:30 pm EST
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