The Nature Plays

March 22, 2019

Tickets are on sale now for The Nature Plays, the first of two series of site-specific plays created by the Cemetery’s first Playwright Artist-in-Residence, Patrick Gabridge. Gabridge’s Mount Auburn Plays will be presented in two sets of 5 unique plays each: The Nature Plays premiere June 1-9, 2019, highlighting stories inspired by the rich natural environment of Mount Auburn with topics such as spotted salamanders in Consecration Dell, birders at Auburn Lake, and historic debates between naturalists who are buried at the Cemetery. Audiences will experience the performances at various spots across the grounds, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the natural world. Each performance will be followed by a discussion.  

All plays will be fully staged with professional actors on the Cemetery grounds. Directed by Courtney O’Connor. Plays will run rain or shine, runtime is approximately 75 minutes and will include walking within the Cemetery on paved and unpaved surfaces; total walking distance approx. 1 mile.

Seating is limited, registration required. To purchase tickets, please select the date and time you wish to attend:

Thursday, May 30, 1 pm (Pay What You Can Performance)
Thursday, May 30, 5pm
Saturday, June 1, 1 pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 1, 5 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 2, 1 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 2, 5 pm SOLD OUT
Thursday, June 6, 1 pm
Thursday, June 6, 5 pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 8, 1 pm SOLD OUT
Saturday, June 8, 5 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 9, 1 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 9, 5 pm SOLD OUT

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’s Mount Auburn plays will be presented in partnership with Plays in Place as one of the company’s inaugural projects.


  1. Liz VanHouten says:

    Sorry to miss these. IF they take place this fall please let me know. Great review on Boston Public Radio by Garrett Bowen on GBH.

    Thank you

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  3. Andrea Klausner says:

    Loved the plays in June at Mt. Auburn. Is it too early to purchase tickets for the September plays?

    • Jessica Bussmann says:

      Hi Andrea, tickets for the America Plays will be available in mid-July! If you are a member of the Friends of Mount Auburn, you will get an email with the pre-sale information in early July.

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