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Four Performances of "Behind the Scenes"


Saturday, October 3rd • 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm

Sunday, October 4th • 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm


The Hillsborough Arts Council and the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton Street, will host four performances of Behind the Scenes, an original play about Elizabeth Keckly by Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone and directed by Francesca Talenti on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th at 3:00pm and 5:30pm. This fictional play is not about the Elizabeth Keckly of the Lincoln White House—as depicted in Spielberg’s film “Lincoln“— but about Lizzy’s relationship with Anna Burwell, headmistress of the Burwell Academy for Young Ladies.

Elizabeth Keckly, former slave on the Burwell property and dress maker for Mary Todd Lincoln.

Anna Burwell, headmistress of the Burwell Academy for Young Ladies.

In this one hour play, the audience will move throughout the Burwell house and witness Lizzy come back to Hillsborough in 1870 to confront Anna with her mistreatment as an enslaved teenager in the 1830’s. They have much to say to each other, much to accuse, to understand, to forgive, and to thank. The play is about slavery, sexuality, and artistic freedom. Recommended for mature audiences.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Burwell School Historic Site by calling (919)732-7451. There is a maximum of 35 people for each performance; In order to reserve tickets, payment in full must be received. “Holds” will not be accepted. Tickets are non-refundable. Performances will be held rain or shine.

Old sketch of the Burwell house.


Proceeds benefit the Burwell School Historic Site and the Hillsborough Arts Council.

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